Barbara Kimenye

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  • Elizabeth Fiona Oldfield

A prolific writer widely regarded as “the leading writer of Children's literature in Uganda” (Kiyimba, 239), Barbara Kimenye is among the first Anglophone Ugandan women writers to be published in Central and East Africa. Her stories are extensively read in Uganda and beyond and have been widely used in African schools.

Kimenye was born in England, in 1929, but by her own admission considers herself Ugandan by birth. She has been quoted as saying that details about her early life “have no bearing” (Jahn, Schild & Nordmann, 176) upon her career as a writer. Kimenye studied nursing at Hammersmith, London, where she met and married her Tanzanian husband prior to moving to Uganda in the early 1950s. Here she adopted the role …

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Oldfield, Elizabeth Fiona. "Barbara Kimenye". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 October 2007
[, accessed 05 July 2015.]