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Ngugi wa Thiong’o Feted

Musician Stevie Wonder (centre) poses with the Ngugis (left) and Congressman John Lewis. On the right in Mukoma wa Ngugi.

Early this week, the American city of New Haven, Connecticut, was downcast before a drizzle melted, as a crowd of 1,000 roared at the indoor arena to appreciate the eight elderly men and women about to be crowned.

That moment, now frozen in an official graduation picture that has been widely circulated, features two black men on

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He appeared to modify this position in subsequent years when he explained that he’d retain English for his scholarly work, but use Gikuyu for his creative outputs. Even this promise was not sustained; his last three memoirs — Dreams in a Time of War, In the House of the Interpreter and Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening that revolves around his early years, up to his student days at Makerere, have been issued in English.Ngugi modified his position further to acknowledge “translation” as the best pathway to lifting

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