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An extraordinary account of how a laborer's son rose to challenge the power of despots, I Refuse to Die is both the autobiography of one gifted man who rose above the horrors of colonization, and an uncensored history of modern Kenya. The book is infused with the freedom songs of the Kenyan people, as well as dream prophecy and folk tales that are part of Kenya's rich storytelling tradition. Tracing the roots of the Mau Mau rebellion, wa Wamwere follows the evolution and degeneration of Jomo Kenyatta and the rise of Daniel arap Moi.

In 1979, wa Wamwere won a seat in the parliament, where he represented the economically depressed Nakuru district for three years. An outspoken activist and journalist, wa Wamwere was framed and detained on three separate instances, spending thirteen years in prison, where he was tortured but not broken. His mother and others led a hunger strike to free him and fellow political prisoners. Their efforts brought about a show trial at which Koigi was sentenced to four more years in prison and "six strokes of the cane," and escaped Kenya—and probably execution—only through the exertions of human rights groups and the government of Norway.

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It is difficult to complete I Refuse to Die without admiring Koigi's selflessness and courage.-The Washington Post

I Refuse to Die: My Journey for Freedom, an autobiography, is an extraordinary account of how a laborer's son rose to challenge the power of despots. Following publication of the book in October, 2002, wa Wamwere won reelection to the Kenyan Parliament, and returned to his homeland. The book is infused with the freedom songs of the Kenyan people, as well as revealing allegories born of a rich storytelling tradition.

Koigi wa Wamwere is the author of Negative Ethnicity and Democracy Under Siege,

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The dual story of Kenya's emergence from the inhumanity of colonialism and corruption, and of one great man.

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A compelling autobiography describing the struggle of an outspoken activist journalist in Kenya.

Synopsis:

"It is difficult to complete I Refuse to Die without admiring Koigi’s selflessness and courage."—The Washington Post

I Refuse to Die: My Journey for Freedom, an autobiography, is an extraordinary account of how a laborer’s son rose to challenge the power of despots. Following publication of the book in October, 2002, wa Wamwere won reelection to the Kenyan Parliament, and returned to his homeland. The book is infused with the freedom songs of the Kenyan people, as well as revealing allegories born of a rich storytelling tradition.

Koigi wa Wamwere is the author of Negative Ethnicity and Democracy Under Siege.

About the Author

Koigi wa Wamwere, a political activist, statesman, and writer, was recently elected Member of Parliament of Kenya for the second time (his first term was cut short when dictator Daniel arap Moi threw him in prison in 1982). Born in Kenya in 1949, wa Wamwere has been fighting for social change in his home country for three decades.

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ISBN:
9781583226155
Foreword:
Cuomo, Kerry Kennedy
Foreword:
Richardson, Nan
Foreword by:
Cuomo, Kerry Kennedy
Foreword by:
Richardson, Nan
Foreword:
Cuomo, Kerry Kennedy
Foreword:
Richardson, Nan
Author:
Richardson, Nan
Author:
Koigi wa Wamwere
Author:
Cuomo, Kerry Kennedy
Author:
Kennedy Cuomo, Kerry
Author:
Kennedy, Kerry
Author:
Wa Wamwere, Koigi
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Africa - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 B&W photographs
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , It is difficult to complete I Refuse to Die without admiring Koigi's selflessness and courage.-The Washington Post

I Refuse to Die: My Journey for Freedom, an autobiography, is an extraordinary account of how a laborer's son rose to challenge the power of despots. Following publication of the book in October, 2002, wa Wamwere won reelection to the Kenyan Parliament, and returned to his homeland. The book is infused with the freedom songs of the Kenyan people, as well as revealing allegories born of a rich storytelling tradition.

Koigi wa Wamwere is the author of Negative Ethnicity and Democracy Under Siege,

"Synopsis" by ,
The dual story of Kenya's emergence from the inhumanity of colonialism and corruption, and of one great man.
"Synopsis" by , A compelling autobiography describing the struggle of an outspoken activist journalist in Kenya.
"Synopsis" by ,

"It is difficult to complete I Refuse to Die without admiring Koigi’s selflessness and courage."—The Washington Post

I Refuse to Die: My Journey for Freedom, an autobiography, is an extraordinary account of how a laborer’s son rose to challenge the power of despots. Following publication of the book in October, 2002, wa Wamwere won reelection to the Kenyan Parliament, and returned to his homeland. The book is infused with the freedom songs of the Kenyan people, as well as revealing allegories born of a rich storytelling tradition.

Koigi wa Wamwere is the author of Negative Ethnicity and Democracy Under Siege.

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