Okang'a Ooko

Biography

About Me

I am a retired graphic designer and author with work appearing in various print venues. I also write for online publications, periodicals, feature articles and the like. I live in Nairobi and spend weekends in Kisumu and Homa Bay.

I was born in Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria in Kenya. I grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s in Kisumu. I grew up admiring books. My family lived near Kisumu Area Library and my early life was about books. I spent many hours in the Library and in bookstores in Kisumu, and I would spend evenings and weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. I was given the nickname "Master Storyteller" by my friends in 1980 because I loved to retell the stories I had read. I made up things and told lies. Really good ones — some of which my boyhood friends still believe. This was the era when television and movies were still a novelty and beyond the reach of many. The most convenient form of entertainment was reading novels.

I was a huge bookworm all the way up to high school. The library was my safe place and my friends were all avid readers as well. I studied fine art at the Notre Dame Catholic Art Centre in Kisumu under renowned watercolorist, Janet Mullen and then proceeded to Kenya Polytechnic University to study graphic design and communication. Although I had always made up stories in my head, I did not write as a young boy other than essays for school. In high school, in Kisumu, it was a longheld belief that I will be a writer some day. My friends and colleagues always chided me about it, asking when "my book" was going to be published. My family, too, waited. I started seriously writing in college in Nairobi, but even that wasn't serious writing; I was involved heavily in theatrical activities and produced work that was performed, a little here and an occassional one-act play there... things I wasn't serious about and which did not find their way into print. When I graduated and started working I found myself with more free time and have started reading again. I wrote a lot during this time, published some works.

Not much has changed since then, except now some of the interesting books I pick off the shelves are written by myself! Little wonder today I am a full time writer and author.

The feeling of escaping into a completely different world and losing yourself for hours in the pages of books has much remained. I love books. I love turning pages. I loved immersing myself in stories, losing myself in twists and turns of plots. My world is the Book World. I read on my Samsung phone and my iPad in my car and on the bus. I frequent bookstores, I download tons of books, I spend many hours reading. Writing fiction can help you incorporate knowledge from a wide variety of sources and use it in your own dream land.

Where to find Okang'a Ooko online


Where to buy in print


Books

First and Second Rhythm Guitars in an Old Benga Song
Price: Free! Words: 25,980. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
Raga Raga is an old master of the rhythm guitar. He lives his last days in his rural home where he faces a recurring set of obstacles. But his retirement is rudely interrupted by a Kisumu music promoter. A curious and complicated alliance of ruthless underworld benga weirdos have been attracted by millions of shillings glittering prize that poses to turn benga music into fusion music.
Happy 9th Birthday
Price: Free! Words: 22,110. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Nine year-old Karo is a troubled otherworldly girl. She is molested by an alcoholic father. Her mother puts up with it. Helpless, Karo endures ordeal after ordeal of rape and torture from a protector-turned-molester father. But on her 9th birthday, her grandma Cucu leads her through a ritual in which a wandering evil spirit is made to posses her. She is given power to light up fires with her mind.
When You Sing To The Fishes
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 131,570. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » General
Guitarist Otis Dundos is back in Kisumu. He is back for some unfinished business. He is searching for sanity and happiness. Happiness? In Kisumu lives the woman whose unfulfilled love still dwells his heart. But the moment he steps into Kisumu, he is thrown into a nightmare of intrigue, frustrations and stark terror. His mind is too bamboozled to even think.
Kisumu
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 196,880. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Kisumu is a 1980s far echo of African music noir. It is the story of ordinary musicians and it's linked inextricably to innovation in the guitar music, to chord changes, and voiced heartaches. It's is a story of humble beginning, awkward adolescence and misdirected fumbling and miraculous accomplishment. Kisumu is a lavish and encyclopedic,eclectic, deeply felt knowledge of music and pop culture
Businesswoman's Fault
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 115,890. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
A designer-turned-marketer must save her company from the schemes of a shrewd competitor. She is a ruthless and strong-willed never-say-die woman and she must be nasty to win.She throws the spanner into the works and into a nightmare of intrigue and stark terror! Strong Female Characters Without Being Cliche.

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