129. Afrophone Home: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

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How one of Kenya's greatest writers came to argue that African literature should be written in African languages.



Further Reading

• C. Achebe, "English and the African Writer," Transition (1965): 27-30.

• J. Ngugi, Weep Not, Child (London: 1964).

• J. Ngugi, The River Between (London: 1965).

• J. Ngugi, A Grain of Wheat (London: 1967).

• N. wa Thiong'o, Homecoming: Essays on African and Caribbean Literature, Culture and Politics (London: 1972).

• N. wa Thiong'o and M.G. Mugo, The Trial of Dedan Kimathi (London: 1976).

• N. wa Thiong'o, Petals of Blood (London: 1977).

• N. wa Thiong'o and N. wa Mĩriĩ, Ngaahika Ndeenda (Nairobi: 1980).

• N. wa Thiong'o, Caitaani Mũtharaba-inĩ (Nairobi: 1980).

• N. wa Thiong'o, Detained: A Writer's Prison Diary (London: 1981). 

• N. wa Thiong'o, Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (Nairobi: 1986).

• N. wa Thiong'o, Moving the Centre: The Struggle for Cultural Freedoms (Oxford: 1993).

• N. wa Thiong'o, Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir (New York: 2010).

• N. wa Thiong'o, In the House of the Interpreter: A Memoir (London: 2012).

• N. wa Thiong'o, Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening (New York: 2016).

• G. Okara, "African Speech... English Words," Transition (1963): 15-16.

• O. Wali, "The Dead End of African Literature?" Transition (1963): 13-15.


• A.O. Amoko, Postcolonialism in the Wake of the Nairobi Revolution: Ngugi wa Thiong’o and the Idea of African Literature (New York: 2010).

• D. Cook and M. Okenimkpe, Ngugi wa Thiong'o: An Exploration of His Writings (London: 1983).

• S. Gikandi, Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Cambridge: 2000).

• G.D. Killam, An Introduction to the Writings of Ngugi (London: 1980).

• J.S. Ogude, Ngugi's Novels and African History: Narrating the Nation (London: 1999).

• C. Sicherman, Ngugi wa Thiong'o: The Making of a Rebel. A Source Book in Kenyan Literature and Resistance (London: 1990).

• C. Sicherman, "Ngugi's Colonial Education: "The Subversion... of the African Mind,"" African Studies Review (1995): 11-41. 

• Carol Sicherman, "Revolutionizing the Literature Curriculum at the University of East Africa: Literature and the Soul of the Nation," Research in African Literatures 29 (1998): 129-148.



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