Thursday, February 08, 2007

Ngugi's Africanism

Ngugi wa Thiong'o, one of the most respected of all African novelists and an ardent advocate of pan-Africanism, recently gave a series of lectures at the University of Nairobi, the institution from which he was fired after he was detained by the government under Jomo Kenyatta's regime in 1977. Ngugi has been an ardent advocate of the use of African languages, and has practiced what he has preached, choosing to write only in Gikuyu, the natibve language of his Kikuyu people, rather than English. Kenyan journalist and writer Rasna Warah has the story in the Mail & Guardian.

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