by Helvine Achieng
February 18, 2021
Renowned Kenyan creative writer and novelist Henry Ole Kulet has died. The writter had been receiving treatment at Mediheal hospital in Nakuru.
The three time award winner of the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for literature died yesterday while recuperating from a short illnes as stated by his son.
“It is with a lot of sadness that we would like you to know that we have lost our dad Ole Kulet after a short illness. I have received many calls from friends and media personalities wanting to confirm. I confirm it is true we have lost our dad,” said Lemomo.
Kulet was know for novels such as Daughter of Maa, Is it possible? How To become a man, Bandits of Kibi, Blossoms of Savannah among others. These novels captured aspects of environment, culture and experiences of the Maasai people.
Kulet was born in 1946 and raised in Enkare-Ngusur in Narok. He studied farm management at Egerton College and in 1987and further retired from his career in agriculture. During his retirement, the creative wrote nine books including Blossoms of the Savannah and was awarded the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature.
In 2019 Kulet was awarded the Elder of the Burning Spear by President Uhuru Kenyatta during the Mashujaa Day celebrations due to his contribution in the country’s literature, arts and culture. The man authored his books in these rescpecteble years as noted below. Is it Possible in 1971, How To became a Man in 1972 and Bandits of Kibi in 1999. In Bandits of Kibi, the author created scenes which came out during the post-election violence in 2007 after the disputed elections.