Gitura Kihuria was born and raised in Nairobi. Together with his three brothers he would be hauled by their parents to ushago (up-country) to visit their grandparents during school holidays, in tune with the trend back then. Here, he first encountered the scenic and picture-postcard beauty of the Kenyan countryside.
Gitura went to Harambee Primary School and later joined Dagoretti High School (Ditchez) before attending KCA University where he studied accounts. He later trained and qualified as a financial consultant. Thereafter he worked in a law firm and an investment company, among others.
He admits that to an addiction of reading books, a bug he caught while in upper primary school. Here, he lavishly “feasted” on such pop lit’ like Hardyboysand Ludlam, among others, a trend he continued through high school. His favourite authors here were Fredrick Forsythe, Sidney Sheldon, and Wilbur Smith. Later he would discover African literature through Elechi Amadi’s The Concubine, which was his literature set book.
It was like epiphany, he says and leading to new worlds of African writers like Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Camara Laye, Elech Amadi, among many other African writers.
Today he enjoys reading autobiographies and contemporary writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie of the Half of a Yellow Sun fame.
Gitura writes the occasional comment on social issues and good governance in Kenya’s leading newspapers namely, the Nationand theEast African Standardand was an early proponent of the new constitution that Kenyans adopted in 2010. He also blogs on the net and contributes with Storymoja.