The 'Mau Mau lawyer' and Luo politician with a debated reputation for the defence of human rights.
East Africa's Global Lives
Welcome to East Africa's Global Lives, a continually-growing, co-produced, Open Access resource for teachers and students of African history.
Each biography showcases the primary source research of its author, whose name is displayed on the biography page. The initial biographies below came out of of our archival workshop in Nairobi in October 2019; they serve as the nucleus of a collection which will grow to represent the diverse ways in which twentieth-century East Africans engaged with the wider world.
The biographies are listed alphabetically by first name and are fully searchable. You can also choose a tag and click 'search' to display the biographies which relate to a given topic.
Pioneering trade unionist, founder of the Trade Union Congress of Kenya, and frequent rival of Tom Mboya
A Ugandan public intellectual, between East African pan-Africanism and local politics
The father of Benga music, taking multilingual lyrics to a global audience
Somali novelist writing - often from exile - on dictatorship, feminism and the fragmented individual
Founder of Transition, the most daring and important literary and political journal of Africa’s 1960s.