Asenath Bole Odaga, one of Kenya’s most highly regarded writers and publishers, has been reported as having passed away on Monday evening after a long illness.
Odaga was first published in 1966 with her novel Secrets of Monkey Rock. One of her most famous books however is A Bridge in Time a historical novel about the conflicting effects of modernity and tradition, told from a woman’s perspective set at the advent of the Europeans first arriving in Kenya. She has also written children stories that included the famous one being the Kip stories that featured Kip on the Farm of 1972, Kip Goes to the City and Kip at the Coast, both published in 1997.
She was also the first East African woman to start a publishing house, Lake Publishers and Enterprises, founded in 1982.