I Refuse to Die is political activist Koigi wa Wamwere’s account of his life in the human rights movement. In it, he documents the injustices committed under British rule and President Moi’s oppressive regime, and he celebrates the Kenyan people’s ongoing struggle for survival and human dignity. Born in Nakuru, Kenya, in 1949, wa Wamwere attended Cornell University, where he was inspired by the writings of Martin Luther King Jr. He returned to Kenya to push for change, first as a member of parliament and then as a journalist. Wa Wamwere ran for president in 1997, but his outspoken criticism of Kenya’s human rights record incurred the anger of the Kenyan government who imprisoned him four times. Now living in New York, wa Wamwere continues to speak out for democracy in Africa. With 16 pages of black-and-white photographs, this is a moving autobiography by one of Africa’s leading human rights advocates.
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