By Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Weep Not, Child is Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s first novel, published in 1964 under the name James Ngugi. It was the first English novel to be published by an East African. Thiong’o’s works deal with the relationship between Africans and the British colonists in Africa, and are heavily critical of British colonial rule. Specifically, Weep Not, Child deals with the Mau Mau Uprising, and the bewildering dispossession of an entire people from their ancestral land. Prof. Ngũgĩ wrote the novel while he was a student at Makerere University.
The novel made the world realize that writers in Africa were making a fresh and original contribution to the world literature.