True Citizen

by Oduor Jagero

KSh 1,050

Maina is a violent robber whose disgust for blood and craving to be loved forces him to quit for a better career. But when Maina lands the job of a matatu driver, he realizes that he has slipped into the underworld bedeviled by corrupt traffic police, city council askaris, and cartels.

Maina’s only child, Maria, is dying of a bone disease and his wife has had her womb surgically removed. A traffic police officer slaps him with trumped-up charges prompting his sack. Kama, his conductor, plans a revenge against the entire traffic police force. Maina buys into the idea and heads the revenge mission.

Another woman comes into Maina’s life. Roger, a famous hacker in Nairobi’s underworld, and his friends join in. All the security arms react with brute force. Maina has to dodge the scheming security organs. Will Maina survive the emotional breakdown from a dying daughter and fend off the seduction of another woman and still get his revenge?


True Citizen is a story of everybody that has lived in a big city
– Nyana Kakoma, Sooo Many Stories

True Citizen by Oduor Jagero is a story about ‘our streets’, much in the mould of Akin Adesokan’s Roots in the Sky and just as well. It is bold, ambitious and awe-inspiring.
-Emeka Ugwu, Wawa Book Reviews

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Oduor Jagero

Oduor Jagero is a journalist, documentary scriptwriter, a poet, and a novelist. He is the 2011 African Playwright winner and acclaimed author of the musical sequels Color of God, Confessions Of a Harlot, Eyes on the Rock and the winning Musical Makmende Vies for President. He works for his company KoaMedia LTD, a media consulting firm. He also writes for magazines and online publications. He is a tech enthusiast and Lead at CMS AFRICA, an organization that carries out tech tours around universities while also organizing the annual tech event, CMS AFRICA SUMMIT. Oduor writes a column for the Star Newspaper as well as the founder of KUT – an online anthology of short stories, poetry and creative non-fiction. He is married , plans to have a cat and a dog, and later, have a son and a daughter.