The first book by him I bought in Nigeria.
A Kenyan wrote about a situation in Nigeria.
The civil war.
The task of a writer.
I remember that I found it to be a very difficult book. Now that I have re-read the covernotes on the African Writers Series (97) edition, I am sure I was right at that time. I do not think Ali Mazrui ever took an easy turn.
Later on I read his books on politics and history and these books gave me a thorough introduction to many topics concerning Africa.
Ali Mazrui was born in the Kenyan coastal city Mombassa. One of his first jobs was at a small Dutch trading house in town, later on he became professor at several universities in different countries and continents and a prolific author.
Early this morning he passed away in the United States of America.