Dr Bethwell Allan Ogot
— known as B.A. Ogot
— is a noted Kenyan and Luo historian. He is currently the Chancellor of Moi University
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Ogot was born in Gem Location of Central Nyanza Province
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and was educated at Ambira
, Maseno Secondary School, Makerere University College, and the University of St Andrews before doing post-graduate work at the School of Oriental and African Studies
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, University of London
-20th century:Shortly after 6 Burlington Gardens was vacated, the University went through a period of rapid expansion. Bedford College, Royal Holloway and the London School of Economics all joined in 1900, Regent's Park College, which had affiliated in 1841 became an official divinity school of the...
. He has been chairman of the History Department of the University College, Nairobi, edited Volume V of UNESCO's History of Africa
, and presided over the committee that oversaw the production of the entire History
. He is the incumbent Chancellor of Moi University, Eldoret.
In 1959 he married the author (to be) Grace Emily Akinyi
Grace Ogot is a Kenyan author, nurse, journalist, politician and diplomat.Ogot was born Grace Emily Akinyi in Asembo, in the district of Nyanza. She trained as a nurse in Uganda and in England. She has worked as a midwife, a tutor, as journalist, as a BBC Overseas Service broadcaster, and in a...
Honors and accolades
- Distinguished Africanist Award (2001) of the African Studies Association
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, presented annually in recognition of a lifetime of notable service to African studies.
- Ogot, Bethwell A. and F.B. Welbourn (1966), A Place to Feel at Home (A study of two independent churches in western Kenya).
- Ogot, Bethwell A. (1967), History of the Southern Luo: Volume I, Migration and Settlement, 1500-1900, (Series: Peoples of East Africa), East African Publishing House, Nairobi
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(Apparently Vol II never published).
- Ogot, Bethwell A., Editors: Toyin Falola and E. S. Atieno Odhiambo (2002) The Challenges of History and Leadership in Africa: The Essays of Bethwell Allan Ogot (Trenton and Asmara: Africa World Press). ISBN 1592210058.
- Ogot, Bethwell A. (2006), My Footprints in the Sands of Time: An Autobiography, (Trafford). ISBN 1412003407
As an editor
- Ogot, Bethwell A., Editor (19??) East Africa, Past and Present.
- Ogot, B.A. and J.A. Kieran, Editors (1968; Reprint with corrections, 1969), Zamani: A Survey of East African History (Nairobi: East African Publishing House Ltd). ISBN 0582602939
- Ogot, Bethwell A., Editor (1971) Politics and Nationalism in Colonial Kenya: Proceedings of the 1971 Conference of the Historical Association of Kenya - HADITH 4 (Nairobi: East African Publishing House).
- Ogot, Bethwell A. and William R. Ochieng', Editors (1995) Decolonization and Independence in Kenya, 1940-93 (London: James Currey) ISBN 0852557051.