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Okang'ombe, Okanyang'au na Ogakondo ( The Cow, the Hyena and the Monkey ) is a trickster tale from the Abagusii community. The Hyena intends to trick the Cow, but his evil intention lands him in trouble.

A recurring theme is the role of women in society and their longing for equity, their triumph often depicted by heroines catapulted by circumstances rather than deliberate action of society to engineer their success. Women’s humility is felt through the stories, even in the face courage to confront taboos and traditions with society contributing little towards their success. Indeed, women’s triumphs are captured as happening where men fall short.

Many of these stories raise the question of why society lacks systematic approach to women’s empowerment.

Kerangeti na Kerantina (kerangeti and Kerantina) is a tale from the Abagusii community. Kerangeti goes through an oppressive life while living with her step-mother, but eventually succeeds tio change the situation.

Okemwa’s childhood was unique, riddled with poverty, despair and loneliness. Out of school most of the time, due to fees, he sat on an ant-hill outside their rural home watching the colours of the rainbow on the rural sky. On fine days he would run about with other boys of similar circumstances to catch grasshoppers and butterflies in the vast fields next to the river banks while, at the same time, watching the orange rays of the setting sun slowly sinking in the western horizon. During market days Okemwa would sit with other little boys beside the road and watched people carrying their wares to the market, counting the number of vehicles that drove by, while making faces and gestures at children who accompanied their parents to the market. With no basics in life, and being brought up with just a mother, Okemwa didn’t enjoy the life other children in the neighbourhood had. In the poem The Gong, he vividly captures the true texture and feel of his childhood:

Memorable Events

Top Awards

Year 2015

Burt Award (KENYA) for African Literature

Year 2006

Changamoto Arts Fund award.

Year 2002

Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry.

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About Okemwa

Christopher Okemwa is a poet, actor, dancer, playwright, story-teller, short-story and children’s writer. He has won several awards in poetry. Learn More.