Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Ngugi wa Thiong’o with broadcaster Jack Oyoo Sylvester during a Kenya Editor’s Guild breakfast meeting at the Sarova Stanley on February 6, 2019 where he unveiled the book ‘Kenda Muiyuru’ published by East African Educational Publishers.

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Has Ngugi wa Thiong’o reneged on his pledge to support Kiswahili?

What you need to know:

  • Due to Ngugi’s immense success in what he has been preaching, he has attracted both admirers and ‘enemies’ in equal measure.
  • Since 1980s, Ngugi has kept this promise, although he has only been churning out creative works in Gikuyu and none in Kiswahili.

Prof Ngugi wa Thiong’o is arguably Kenya's most revered literary scholar, writer, essayist, translator, language, and cultural crusader. His ideology, is anchored on the lamentations of the problematic centre which can be traced back to the Irish poet, William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) – in a poem titled ‘The Second Coming’. William Butler Yeats is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.

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