Don pens book on matatus

US-based Kenyan historian Prof Kenda Mutongi has penned a book on the matatu culture in Kenya. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • To write the book, Prof Mutongi uses archival research in Nairobi and elsewhere alongside ethnographic research, including interviewing matatu users, owners, and crews and riding on matatus for over 10 years during the research.
  • Coming from a humble background, the author was born and raised in Wangeyo, a small village in rural western Kenya, where she ate her ugali with itsisaga, irikuvi, and omena. She attended Butere Girls High School before proceeding to the US for further studies.

A US-based Kenyan professor of history has published an amazing book about matatus, the public service vehicles so common on Kenyan roads.

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