At 80, Ngugi is proof that literature really matters

Does Ngugi find strength and energy in physical and other external adversity? That is toughness par excellence. Equally valid would be the assertion that the writing was itself an invigorating antidote to the physical and psychological misery. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • It is difficult, when you have been privileged to stand or sit in the presence of greatness, not to sound either boastful or belittling in talking about the experience.
  • I have, like my contemporaries, variously narrated to you my numerous encounters, in Makerere, York, Leeds, Nairobi and elsewhere, with this “weaver of tales”, dating back to 1966.

Maybe we should not make any fuss about New Year’s Day. The reason is that every day is a New Year’s Day of sorts. Just around now, for example, the mercurial Donald J. Trump will be starting a new year, his second, as “Potus” (President of the US).


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