Benjamin Kipkorir was educated at Makerere and Cambridge. He holds the B.A. (Hons) degree of the University of London and a PhD from Cambridge. His interest and desire to study his people led him to research and compile the material used in this book while still an undergraduate. He taught History and directed research at the University of Nairobi for over a decade. He later served as Chairman of the Kenya Commercial Bank and Ambassador to the US, among other postings. He has written/edited two other books and published many articles in historical and other journals. Currently, Dr Kipkorir is engaged in historical research and consultancy.