Kenyan novelist Charles Mangua, whose most famous book was Son of Woman, passed away on March 20, 2021.
Charles Mangua was the writer of novels that explored, among other issues, the “hardship and urban poverty” experienced by ordinary people in places such as Nairobi, Kenya. His style was described as irreverent and often humorous. His early works, Son of Woman (1971) and A Tail in the Mouth (1972), sold more copies than any previous works of literature published in East Africa. He also wrote Kanina and I (1994), and Kenyatta’s Jiggers (2000).
Charles Mangua who was born in 1939 was 82 when he passed away.