Meja Mwangi (born 27 December 1948) is one of Kenya's leading novelists. Mwangi has worked in the film industry, including screenwriting, assistant directing, casting and location management.
He was born David Dominic Mwangi in Nanyuki, and was educated at Nanyuki Secondary School, Kenyatta College and the University of Leeds. He then worked on odd-jobs for foreign broadcasters before he turned to full-time writing. He was Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa (1975-6).
Prizes and awards
- Jomo Kenyatta Prize, for Kill Me Quick (1974)
- Jomo Kenyatta Prize, for Going Down River Road (1977)
- Lotus Award (Afro-Asian Writers' Association) (1978)
- Noma Award (honourable mention), for Bread of Sorrow (1989)
- Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Prize), for Little White Man (1992)
- Le Prix Lire au College, for Kariuki (1992)
- Jomo Kenyatta Prize for The Last Plague (2001)
- National Book Week Award (Kenya) for The Last Plague
- Nominated for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, for The Last Plague (2002)
- Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award (USA), for The Mzungu Boy (2005)
- American Library Association National Book for Children Award, for The Mzungu Boy (2006)
- Children's Africana Book Award (best book for older readers), for The Mzungu Boy (2006)
- Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, Adult Fiction third place, Big Chief (2009)