Writer Review: Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Birth: Ngugi Wa Thiong’o was born in Kenya, 1938. He was among several children in a large peasant family. He grew up in the period marked by Kenya’s struggle for independence and self-rule. The Maumau war was an initiation of the indigenous Kenyan people in their struggle for independence.

African Literature Writer - Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Education: Ngugi benefited from the education introduced in Kenya by Christian missionaries then. In some of his public lectures, ngugi has mentioned of his conflict while trying to acquire formal education.

He received his primary school education at Kamandura, Manguu and Kinyogori schools. He later attended Alliance High School for his secondary school education (all in Kenya) and afterwards Makerere University College (then a campus of London University) at Kampala, Uganda. Ngugi furthered his studies at the University of Leeds, Britain.

Honors and awards: Ngugi is a recipient of seven Honorary Doctorates:

    Viz D Litt (Albright)
    PhD (Roskilde)
    D Litt (Leeds University)
    D Litt &Ph D (Walter Sisulu University)
    PhD (Carlstate)
    D Litt (Dillard) and
    D Litt (Auckland University).

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o – Published Works: The Black Hermit-a play (1963); Weep Not, Child (1964); The River Between (1965); A Grain of Wheat(1967); A Meeting in the Dark(1974); The Trial of Dedan Kimathi(1976); I Will Marry When I Want(1977); Petals of Blood(1977); Devil on the Cross [originally written in gikuyu – Caitaani mutharaba-Ini](1980); Matigari(1989); Wizard of the Crow(2006); Dreams in a Time of War: a Childhood Memoir(2010); In the House of the Interpreter: A Memoir(2012).

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