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Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Kenyan writer

1938   -  

country of citizenship: Kenya
language of expression: English, Gikuyu
educated at: University of Leeds, Makerere University
occupation: playwright, novelist, essayist, university teacher, philosopher, writer
award received: International Nonino Prize, Lotus Prize for Literature, Catalonia International Prize, Doctor honoris causa at University of Bayreuth
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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o ((IPA: nɡʊɡi wá ðiɔŋɔ ); born James Ngugi; 5 January 1938) is a Kenyan writer and academic who writes primarily in Gikuyu. His work includes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, ranging from literary and social criticism to children's literature. He is the founder and editor of the Gikuyu-language journal Mũtĩiri. His short story The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright, is translated into 98 languages from around the world.In 1977, Ngũgĩ embarked upon a novel form of theatre in his native Kenya that sought to liberate the theatrical process from what he held to be "the general bourgeois education system", by encouraging spontaneity and audience participation in the performances. His project sought to "demystify" the theatrical process, and to avoid the "process of alienation [that] produces a gallery of active stars and an undifferentiated mass of grateful admirers" which, according to Ngũgĩ, encourages passivity in "ordinary people". Although his landmark play, Ngaahika Ndeenda, co-written with Ngugi wa Mirii, was a commercial success, it was shut down by the authoritarian Kenyan regime six weeks after its opening.Ngũgĩ was subsequently imprisoned for over a year. Adopted as an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, the artist was released from prison, and fled Kenya. In the United States, he taught at Yale University for some years, and has since also taught at New York University, with a dual professorship in Comparative literature and Performance Studies, and at the University of California, Irvine. Ngũgĩ has frequently been regarded as a likely candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. He won the 2001 International Nonino Prize in Italy. Among his children are the authors Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ and Wanjiku wa Ngũgĩ.
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Works

12

Wizard of the Crow

book by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o

2006

A Grain of Wheat

Novel by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o

1967

Petals of Blood

book by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o

1977

Decolonising the Mind

book by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o

1986

Weep Not, Child

1964 novel written by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o

1964

The Black Hermit

1963 play written by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o

1963

Ngaahika Ndeenda

play written by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o

The River Between

Kenyan novel

author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o

1965

Devil on the Cross

book by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o

1982 or 1980

Articles

1

The politics of translation: notes towards an African language policy ( 2018 )

journal article from 'Journal of African Cultural Studies' published in 2018

author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o

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