He was born in 1974 in Vihiga, Western Kenya. He lives with his family in Kangemi, Nairobi. Trained as a journalist at Kenya Polytechnic University College, he has written for Sunday Nation, Msanii Magazine and The East African. His fiction has appeared in The Literary Review (Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2009) Crossing Borders online magazine, 'A' is for Ancestors- a selection of stories from The Caine Prize (Jacana, 2004) and Man of the House and other new Short Stories from Kenya (CCC Press, UK 2011). He has published 1 novel, The Stne Hills of Maragoli (Jomo Kenyatta Prize) and 7 children's books: Poko and the Koras, Poko and the Jet, Shaka Zulu, The Herdsboy and the Princess, Grandmother's Winning Smile (long-listed for '07 Macmillan Prize) Tobi and the Streetboy and Ant's Clay castle.
In 2003 he attended the Caine Prize Writers' workshop in Cape Town, South Africa, and was international fellow at the 2007 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in Vermont, USA.