Bethwell Allan Ogot

  • Bethwell Allan Ogot
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Dr Bethwell Allan Ogot (born 1929)  known as B.A. Ogot  is a noted Kenyan and Luo historian. He is currently the Chancellor of Moi University.
Ogot was born in Gem Locationof Central Nyanza Province, Kenya, 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, University of London. 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  Grace Emily Akinyi.


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 (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 1-59221-005-8.

Ogot, Bethwell A. (2006), My Footprints in the Sands of Time: An Autobiography, (Trafford). ISBN 1-4120-0340-7

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 0-582-60293-9

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 0-85255-705-1.

Honors and accolades

Distinguished Africanist Award (2001) of the African Studies Association, presented annually in recognition of a lifetime of notable service to African studies.


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