Muthoni Gachanja Likimani is a Kenyan activist and writer, who has published works of both fiction and non-fiction, as well as children’s books. In her career she has also been a broadcaster, actress, teacher and publisher. She was the first Kenyan beauty queen, the first African to establish a Public Relations firm in Kenya and one of the country’s earliest female authors. She is an actor, educationist and women rights activist
She taught at Kahuhia Teachers’ Training College, before undertaking further studies in Britain and Israel and became involved in broadcasting and public relations. She went on to become one of the first women producers at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, working on women’s and children’s programmes and was a freelance broadcaster for the BBC. She founded Noni’s Publicity, a Public Relations company that also undertook publishing, such as producing the periodical Women of Kenya.
In the 1980s, Likimani became a Nairobi city councilor, which position she held until the government replaced the council with a city commission. Her autobiography, Fighting Without Ceasing, was published in 2005.
In 2007, she received the World YWCA Council Award in recognition of dedicated leadership for her involvement as a Women’s Rights Activist. In 2014 she was appointed Peace Ambassador in Kenya of The International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace (IFLAC).
She was awarded the 2nd Class of the Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS)
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