Ngugi wa Thiong'o Biography

Writer (1938–)
Writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o became East Africa's leading novelist with books like Weep Not, Child (1964), A Grain of Wheat (1967) and The River Between (1965).


Born January 5, 1938, Kenyan Ngugi wa Thiong'o attended university in England and published his first novel, Weep Not, Child, in 1964. In the 1970s, he began writing solely in the Kikuyu language for political reasons. Ngugi was imprisoned in 1977 after one of his plays attacked corruption and hypocrisy among the Kenyan elite. His essay collections include Homecoming and Decolonising the Mind.

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