Arrogant Ochieng’ cannot hold candle to great writers like Ngugi and Mazrui


(Prof Ali Mazrui, foremost scholar reknown in fields of History and Economics globally. Mazrui is one of the three mega professors from Africa, the others being Wole Soyinka and Ngugi. They are icons and have contributed immensely to African scholarship. PHOTO/ANTHONY KAMAU/FILE) I read last week’s Saturday Nation story entitled “Ochieng’ has no regrets working … Continue reading Arrogant Ochieng’ cannot hold candle to great writers like Ngugi and Mazrui

Ngugi is a tribalist, Taban a con and Mazrui overrated


Professor William Robert Ochieng’ loves a good fight. This week he was at his most belligerent when we met him in Kisumu. The 70-year-old professor now walks slowly, supporting himself with a walking stick, and is unrepentant for propping up the Nyayo dictatorship. PHOTO/JACOB OWITI Writer EMEKA MAYAKA GEKARA JULIUS SIGEI PUBLISHED FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, … Continue reading Ngugi is a tribalist, Taban a con and Mazrui overrated

the 10 best african writers


One needs some courage to compile a list with the ten best African writers. Let us forget for the moment the proper definition of an “African Writer”.  The compiler of this list (professor John Masterton) did one easy step: he excluded Chinua Achebe. Maybe because everyone would have listed this Nigerian writer.