Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye

Novelist, essayist and poet (1928-2015)

Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye (21 October 19281 December 2015) also known as the mother of ‘Kenyan literature’ was born in Southampton, England, but immigrated to Kenya soon after Kenya became independent. She was a poet, novelist, and a missionary bookseller.

A young Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye


  • "I am so much enmeshed in my Luo family and community I am not afraid of writing from within it either."

Quotes about person/work

  • "I had already worked out, long before, that Marjorie was an exceptional human being and, consequently, I contrived to record as much about her as I could, for posterity."
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