B. A. Ogot is the director of the Institute of Research and Postgraduate Studies, Maseno University College. He was central to the establishment of the study of history in Kenya. He was later president of the international committee of historians that drafted the Unesco General History of Africa, of which he edited volume 5. He is the author and editor of numerous other books.
This is a sharply observed assessment of the history of the last half century by a distinguished group of historians of Kenya. At the same time the book is a courageous reflection in the dilemmas of African nationhood. Professor B. A. Ogot says: “The main purpose of the book is to show that decolonization does not only mean the transfer of alien power to sovereign nationhood; it must also entail the liberation of the worlds of spirit and culture, as well as economics and politics.