Ngugi: We perfect our English as Europe sharpens tools of plunder

Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong'o presents his new book "Kenda Muiyuru" to Education CS Ambassador Amina Mohammed when he paid the CS a courtesy call. Prof Ngugi wa Thiong'o has recommended “vernacular” languages be the tuition media in Kenya’s schools. PHOTO | CORRESPONDENT

What you need to know:

  • I am actually very encouraged by the rise of African languages.
  • The best music, for me, is in African languages. But we can’t leave our languages merely as only oral or music.
  • We have to put in more resources to train teachers and also abolish practices like humiliating or beating students who speak their mother tongue in school.

Celebrated Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o is in the country to launch his latest book, Kenda Muiyuru (The Perfect Nine), and to promote writing in vernacular languages, a mission he has been on for more than three decades.

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