Asian African Heritage Trust

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Conserving the Intangible: The Asian African Identity in Kenya by Pheroze Nowrojee

A new publication by AAHT address the identity fo the Asian African community in Kenya, click here or on the image above to download a PDF version of the publication.

Glimpses of Kenya's Nationalist Struggle

by Pio Gama Pinto, Reprint 2014

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Glimpses of Kenya’s Nationalist Struggle was originally published by Pio Gama Pinto on December 12, 1963 in celebration of Kenya’s independence. Its survey of Kenya’s struggle for freedom and its patriotic concerns for the country’s future continue to be of relevance. In has now been republished with the permission and support of the Gama Pinto family by the Asian African Heritage Trust.


DECEMBER 12, 1963 marks the end of 68 years of British colonial rule and the emergence of Kenya as an independent nation. In these 68 years, the struggle for national independence has been conducted on many fronts. It is impossible in an article to do justice to the heroic efforts of individuals and organisations who participated in the struggle for the liquidation of colonialism. All that can be done is to afford the reader a brief insight of the intensive struggle waged by various organisations against imperialist domination abetted by white settlerism.

“He is a part of our history, part of what we are. We see in his work the love this man had for his country. We must honour those on whose shoulders we stand.”
—Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

A Select Bibliography Of Asian African Writing

by Villoo Nowrojee, AAHT 2014

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Much has been written about the Asian Africans of East Africa. Asian African themselves have written much. This is a Select Bibliography of that latter writing. It covers the work of those who have been born here and those who have come to live here.

In the spread of subjects over the long time span of over a hundred years, (Thakar Jayram Naranjee's book on Zanzibar was published in 1893), the bibliography shows the wide areas in which the community has been involved, far away from any mercantile activity. It is a revealing range. It covers fiction, drama, poetry, science, political science, aeronautics, engineering, education, text books, tourism, politics, law, travel, memoirs, medicine, poverty, environment, economics, the social sciences, management, human rights, cookery, insectology, ethnology, veterinary medicine, history, art, trees, sports, religion, biography, photography, industry, wildlife, literary criticism. This bibliography reveals accumulated scholarship and creativity over a long period. It is an unexpectedly deep and perceptive engagement in the life of the nation, and is a rewarding part of the intellectual heritage of East Africa.

There are several major authors, each with a very large body of published writing, such as Mohamed Amin, Dharam Ghai, Yash Ghai, Javed Jafferji, Vasant Nayak, Issa Shivji, and Malkiat Singh. Not all their books have necessarily been included here.

All this is part of the intellectual heritage of Asian Africans and of East Africa. To complement this record of their writing, entries have also been added of other aspects of this heritage, principally their distinguished record of journalism.

In the preparation of this bibliography and related entries, there are many who have contributed and I am grateful to each of them. My special thanks go to Radha Upadhaya, Stephanie Jones, Mrs. Vasant Nayak, Anuja Kapila, Jayant Ruparel, Dr. Manu Chandaria, Nazim Mitha, Desha Gautama, Benegal Pereira, Aziz Rattansi, Haider Rattansi, Hassan and Viju Rattansi, and most especially to Emma Day for her invaluable assistance and support.

Though this is the first extensive bibliography of Asian African writing, there have been earlier short bibliographies of this writing. These are by Robert Gregory in his The Rise & Fall of Philanthropy in East Africa (New Brunswick, N.J. Transaction, 1992) and by Cynthia Salvadori in her Through Open Doors (Nairobi, Kenway 1983, Revised Edition, 1989). Both these have been drawn on and I extend my deep gratitude to both of them for these, as for all their other work. For the record of newspapers and periodicals I have drawn on the extensive work of fellow librarian Shiraz Durrani in his Never Be Silent : Publishing & Imperialism in Kenya 1884-1963 (London, Vita Books, 2006), on Madhavji Devadia (in Opinion London, July 1966) and on Vanu Jeevraj, (in Opinion,London, August 1966), to each of whom I am equally grateful.

Villoo Nowrojee

Villoo Nowrojee B.A.(Bombay), P.G.C.E.(London), M.S.S.(Bryn Mawr) has been Order Librarian at the Library of Congress Field Office, Nairobi, Kenya, and worked in the Africana Section of the Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, New Haven. She has served on the Editorial Board of Child Abuse Review and was Founding Editor of Childwatch and Caucus. She has extensive editorial experience. Her publications include many articles and papers.