Of Ngugi, myths and facts as literature department turns 50

Prof Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Prof Ngugi wa Thiong'o speaks at the University of Bayreuth in 2014.

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What you need to know:

  • The policy of Africanisation was extended to the University of Nairobi in the early 1970s.
  • Most of the lecturers were wazungu, with Prof Andrew Gurr as the Chair.
  • Ngugi wa Thiong’o took over from Andrew Gurr as Head of Department. But this transition took place after I had left.

In 1995, Carol Sicherman, the American Scholar and author of the book on Ngugi wa Thiong’o titled The Making of a Rebel, came to the University of Nairobi. Sicherman had applied for and been given a grant by her university to sort out a research problem concerning the Kenyan writer.

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