This is a photograph of Mervyn Maciel as a young civil
servant at the start of
his career in the British
He now lives in Britain after having had distinguished career in the Kenya civil service spanning some 20 years. His experiences are recounted in his UK-published memoirs Bwana Karani (Merlin Books, Braunton Devon, 1985). His heart is still in Africa, especially among the peoples of the old Northern Frontier District with whom he still keeps in touch and tries to assist from time to time.
His writing interests continue from his Surrey manyatta. In their retirement, he and his wife Elsie rent a plot from their local council growing organic produce, and are now well and truly watu wa shamba. In 2014 he authored From Mtoto to Mzee.
Memoirs of a Frontier Man | Wanderings Among Nomads | With The Pastoralists Of Kenya’s Northern Desert Once More | To Lodwar I'm posted | Escape from Zanzibar | The Life And Times Of An Indomitable Goan Lady Mrs. Mascarenhas Of Kisii | "Uncle" Gerald Reece of Kenya's N.F.D. | My Brother Wilfred | The Unforgettable Dubas of Kenya's Northern Frontier