Posts tagged ‘Africa’

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, was born in Kenya, in 1938 into a large peasant family. He went to school in Kenya and went to Makerere University College (then a campus of London University) in Uganda and Leeds University in Britain. Ngugi burst on to the literary scene in East Africa with the performance of his play, The Black Hermit, at the National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda, in 1962, as part of the celebration of Uganda’s Independence. In a productive literary period, Ngugi wrote eight short stories, two one-act plays, two novels, and a regular column for the Sunday Nation under the title, As I See It. One of the novels, Weep Not Child, was published to critical acclaim in 1964; followed by the second novel, The River Between (1965). His third was A Grain of Wheat (1967). (more…)

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August 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm 1 comment


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