Okang'a Ooko


Okang’a Ooko is the author of Businesswoman’s Fault, (stories), and three mainstream novels, including Bengaman, When You Sing To The Fishes and the latest, Hunter & Gatherer mostly vivid accounts of scandalous vices, human folly, power games, and peopled by men and women struggling to succeed in the new African renaissance. He writes thrilling and intriguing character-driven fiction based on African characters and situations. His work presents a compelling narrative voice and a new way of seeing the world.

Ooko is a very ambitious and hardworking writer for this generation. His three Must-Read cavalier bestselling novels are in categories that matter to him: history, politics, pop culture (especially music), love-and-danger, business, corruption, true crime, and self-development. Known as “Kenya’s new master storyteller”, Ooko epitomizes a new shift in African fiction and his books are mostly set in Kenya. He loves to dispel the myth that Africans don’t read, and incredible readers who have stumbled upon his books have liked them tremendously. He has been writing since childhood when his mother took him to the local library in his hometown of Kisumu to keep him out of the company of bad boys. As a serial daydreamer, it was nice to finally get the stories on paper when he started writing full time in retirement in 2017. He has not looked back since. He believes current African issues (pop culture, politics, business, corruption) make dramatic stories with or without a literary bent, and he knows there is a huge potential to create intriguing stories around these themes. No writer is doing it. With his new book, Hunter & Gatherer, he currently aims to shepherd his vocation as a writer of commercial African fiction.
In addition to being a prolific writer, he is an artist, an acclaimed graphic designer and musician. He lives the life of an artist. He worked in the publishing industry as a designer and typesetter, community manager at a content development company, and book cover designer for fiction and non-fiction.

When he isn’t reading or writing engaging stories, he’s probably singing, watching edgy black comedy on Netflix. He was born and raised in Kisumu, in Kenya. He lives in Nairobi with his wife and four children.

In his spare time, he gives writing lectures, creates graphic arts, plays the guitar and draws things. You can connect with Ooko on Facebook at facebook.com/rd.ooko/.You can also visit his website, okangaoo.com, to sign up for emails about new releases.

Where to find Okang'a Ooko online

Where to buy in print


Wayward Eastlanders
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 135,260. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
In the hustles of Eastlands, nobody wins. One dame is desperate and calculatingly manipulative. The other is a gash who just makes hash of the arrogant male romantic interest through her offhand sexuality. This is a story about misfits. An ugly woman who is a wall climber, a cripple in a wheelchair who calls the shots, a pastor who is a big con, a shylock who wants to be an MP..
The New Girl In Mombasa
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 148,940. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
The New Girl In Mombasa is a portrait of two people running from a troubled past and moving towards an uncertain future. Set in Mombasa, Kenya’s famed coastal city of rich historical heritage and Swahili culture, it is a haunting look at loneliness, the struggle for love, belonging and independence. Its beauty lies in its subtlety, its emotional nuances.
Inherited Danger
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 126,290. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 19, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
A ruthless activist must get married to her dead husband’s brother to save her organisation from the schemes of a shrewd competitor. This is a dense collection of eight new stories that are deeply thoughtful, and endlessly entertaining, mostly female-led characters. These stories deal with a diversity of issues and show emerging challenges facing Africans today.
Hunter & Gatherer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 244,100. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
Kassela an ambitious marketing pro is covertly orchestrating her destiny in advertising. Her marriage to the millionaire Rapudo presents her with the seat of power her heart truly yearned and she evolves into a cold blooded political animal. Love, business, power and politics are at play here. They are married because they both want Power.
When You Sing To The Fishes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 147,240. 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.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 195,910. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
BENGAMAN tells the story of the lives, the loves, the times and the vibes of benga musicians in Kenya. As a leader of music freaks in Kisumu's nefarious darkness, guitarist Otis Dinos encounters upsurging whirlpools of survival, exploitation, greed, feuds, and revenge. Despite all the hysteria, he makes a fairly good case of an accomplished benga artiste.