David Dominic Mwangi aka Meja Mwangi was born in Nanyuki, Central Kenya on 27th December 1948. He is a leading novelist, author, writer of children's books, and a film industry professional; screenwriter, assistant director, among others.
Best known for his novel, Kill Me Quick, published in 1973, Meja worked for the French Broadcasting Corporation, and the British Council in Nairobi, as a Visual Aids Officer, before turning to write full time. He was a fellow in writing at the University of Iowa in 1975-6.
In 1976, he published, Going Down River Road, other publications include; The Bush Trackers, The Cockroach Dance, Bread of Sorrow, Jimi the Dog, among others. After a prolonged period on the Kenyan and African publishing scenes, he moved to the US, after gaining international recognition and winning several awards; Lotus Prize for Literature in 1978, Le Prix Lire au Collage for the book, Kariuki, in 1992, Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature, English winner for the novel Kill Me Quick, English winner, for The Last Plague, English Youth, third place, for Boy Gift, English Adult, third place, for Big Chief, in years, 1974, 2001, 2007 and 2009 consecutively, among others.