Sadru Kassam

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Sadru Kassam
Town of birth
  • Mombasa
Country of birth
  • Kenya
Name of institution of highest education achieved
  • Makerere University
Profession or occupation carriedout for the longest period in life
  • Author,Playwrite

Born in Mombasa


Sadru Kassam, a teacher who was born in Mombasa in 1941 and graduated from Makerere with honors in English, is unique for writing in Swahili.

His humorous but politically pointed play “Mifupa”(Bones), about an African butcher who had to give “key money” to get his license renewed, was performed twenty times throughout Uganda in 1965, the first year of the Makerere Travelling Theatre.

Kassam himself acted as the butcher.

Sadru Kassam’s stories were broadcast by Uganda Radio, and by 1975, had published seven short stories.

The Rise And Fall of Philanthropy in East Africa- The Asian Connection by Robert G. Gregory (pg. 165 & 176)