Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
(1938-) - formerly known as James Ngũgĩ
in Kenya, in 1938 into a large peasant family. Today writer Ngũgĩ wa
Thiong'o is one of East Africa's leading novelists. He was
educated at Kamandura, Manguu and Kinyogori primary schools;
Alliance High School, all in Kenya; Makerere University College
(then a campus of London University), Kampala, Uganda; and the
University of Leeds, Britain. He is recipient of seven Honorary
Doctorates viz D Litt (Albright); PhD (Roskilde); D Litt
(Leeds); D Litt &Ph D (Walter Sisulu University); PhD (Carlstate);
D Litt (Dillard) and D Litt (Auckland University). He is also
Honorary Member of American Academy of Letters. A many-sided
intellectual, he is novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist,
editor, academic and social activist.
His books have been translated into more than 30
languages, and his Weep Not Child was the first major
novel in English by an East African. His writings on corruption
in his native Kenya led to his '77 imprisonment. Upon release,
he was barred from college/university positions and went into
exile. He's taught at several institutions and is currently a
professor at UC Irvine (CA). Wizard of the Crow is his
first novel in nearly two decades.
Ngũgĩ is the father of novelist Mukoma Wa
Ngugi (photo credit: Marcia E. Wilson).
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