In pre-colonial South Africa, Khama is a young man destined to lead the mighty Amakonko tribe. But first he must contend with a deceiving uncle who has the same designs. From exile Khama builds an army to regain his rightful place at the head of his tribe, before moving to conquer the surrounding lands. With his army and a startling aptitude for military genius, Khama will eventually grow from mortal to legend.
Khama is inspired by the story of the renowned king Shaka Zulu.
paperback ($14.95) | ebook ($4.95)
fiction | South Africa | adventure | war
5.5" x 8.5"
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About the Author
Born in 1974 in Vihiga, Kenya, Stanley Gazemba has published three novels: The Stone Hills of Maragoli (Kwani?, winner of the 2003 Jomo Kenyatta Prize for fiction, published in the U.S. as Forbidden Fruit), Khama (The Mantle), and Callused Hands (Nsemia). He has also published eight children’s books, of which A Scare in the Village (Oxford Univ. Press) won the 2015 Jomo Kenyatta Prize for children’s fiction.
Gazemba’s fiction has appeared in ‘A’ is for Ancestors, a collection of short stories from the Caine Prize (Jacana); Africa39: New Writing From Africa South of the Sahara (Bloomsbury); The Literary Review (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.); Man of the House and Other New Short Stories from Kenya (CCC Press); Crossing Borders online magazine; among other publications.
A journalist by training, Gazemba has written for The New York Times, The East African, Msanii magazine, Sunday Nation, and Saturday Nation. Gazemba was the International Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2007. He currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya.