Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Njaga moved to the United States after his time at Prince of Wales Boarding School in Kenya.
Njaga studied creative writing at Hunter College in New York City, combining his love for movies and video games by writing screenplays and video game programs. He discovered that one of his main passions was writing stories targeting youth and their life challenges, drawing inspiration from epic tales such as George Orwell’s Animal Farm and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
After reading an article about a boy who committed suicide because he could not cope with a local school bully, Njaga was struck by the familiarity of the boy’s struggle, and Patch was born. Loosely based on Njaga’s own experiences at Prince of Wales Boarding School, Patch is a coming of age story that illustrates the growing epidemic of teenage bullying. Though Patch is not a parent or student’s “how to” guide, Njaga views his debut book as a pathway to promote real debates about the true roots of the issue and how to actively address it. As a firsthand witness to the origins and complexities of harassment, Njaga believes that bullying is a universal problem affecting multiple educational systems worldwide. Njaga currently lives in San Francisco with his fiancée and is working on a screenplay adaptation of Patch in addition to the sequel. Njaga’s life goal remains is telling stories that capture the essence of human nature, and he hopes to bring old and lost ancient African folklore stories to life.
When he is not busy writing and helping combat bullying, he can be seen on the popular show 10 Minute Fix that highlights Kenyans in the Diaspora.
Source: Mucheru Njaga website