wa Thiong'o, Ngũgĩ

About Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

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Flood, Alison. "Short Story by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o Translated into over 30 Languages in one Publication.” The Guardian, 2016

Provost, Claire. „Ngugi wa Thiong'o: A Major Storyteller with a Resonant Development Message.” The Guardian, 2010

Page, Benedicte. "Kenyan Author Sweeps in as Late Favourite in Nobel Prize for Literature.” The Guardian, 2010

Jaggi, Maya. “Dreams in a Time of War by Ngugi wa Thiong'o.” The Guardian, 2010



Sampson, Fiona. “The Best Recent Poetry Collections-Review Roundup.” The Guardian, 10 Oct. 2020

Kendall, George. “The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi.” Booklist, vol. 117, no. 4, 2020

Bokemper, Daniel. “Minutes of Glory and Other Stories.” World Literature Today, vol. 93, no. 3, 2019

Lewontin, Amy. “Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir.” Library Journal, vol. 143, no. 4, 2018

Kimani, Peter. “Bank Heists, Political Satire and Ngugi wa Thiong’o: Top 10 Books about Kenya.” The Guardian, 14 Mar. 2018

Serpell, Namwali. "Kenya in Another Tongue." The New York Review of Books, 12 Apr. 2017

Standage, Misty. “Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Memoir of a Writer’s Awakening.” Library Journal, vol. 141, no. 14, 2016

Bausells, Marta. “Tips, Links and Suggestions: What are you Reading this Week?” The Guardian, 8 Jun. 2015

Kamoche, Ken N. "What to Read Now: Kenya." World Literature Today, vol. 85, no. 5, 2011

Phillipson, Robert, and Tove Skutnabb-Kangas. “Reviewing a Book and How It Relates to ‘Global’ English Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Wizard of the Crow.” European English Messenger, vol. 16, no. 1, 2007

Updike, John. "Extended Performance." New Yorker, vol. 82, no. 23, 2006

Jaggi, Maya. “Decolonise the Mind.” The Guardian, 9 Sep. 2006



Simon, Scott. “Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o Says Prison Formed Him As A Writer.” NPR, 10 Oct. 2020

Shringarpure, Bhakti, and Monica Popescu. “The Cold War and the African Writer: An Interview with Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 50, no. 3, 2019

Khelef, Mohammed. “Ngugi wa Thiong'o: 'African Languages Need to Talk to Each Other'.” DW, 19 Jun. 2018

Marshell, Kyla. “Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: 'Resistance is the Best Way of Keeping Alive'.” The Guardian, 12 Mar. 2018

Jaggi, Maya. “Ngugi wa Thiong’o: 'I Don’t Think We Were Meant to Come Out Alive'.” The Guardian, 28 Jan. 2006



Smith, Craig. “Conservative Aesthetics and Radical Politics in the Early Work of Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o.” Postcolonial Text, vol. 15, no. 2, 2020

Chesney, Duncan McColl. “The Politics of the Novel Circa 1965: Reading Brooke-Rose with Ngugi Wa Thiong’o.” Journal of Language, Literature & Culture, vol. 66, no. 2, 2019

Enyi, Amaechi Uneke, and Edwin Chiekpezie Orji. “Lexical Cohesion in Non-Fictional Narrative as Discourse: A Study of Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Decolonizing the Mind.” International Journal of Education and Literacy Studies, vol. 7, no. 3, 2019

Maranga-Musonye, Miriam. “The Fanon Factor in Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o’s Children’s Fiction.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 50, no. 3, 2019

Rajbhandari, Kritish. “Beyond the Ethics of Nationalism and Betrayal: Silence, Secrecy, and the Subaltern in Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 50, no. 2, 2019

Pucherova, Dobrota. “Wizard of the Crow (2006) by Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o as a Postcommunist Novel.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 55, no. 1, 2019

Boizette, Pierre. “Défense et Illustration Des Langues Africaines: Linguistic Commitment and Critical Thought in Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s and Kwasi Wiredu’s Works.” Itinéraires: Littérature, Textes, Cultures, vol. 1, 2019

Lare, Damlègue. “Rupturing Neocolonial Legacies in the African Novel: Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Matigari as a Paradigm.” Exploitation and Misrule in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa, Kalu and Falola (eds.), 2019

Bie, Precious Dumka. “The African Writer and Commitment in Art: A Critical Discourse of Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Literature of Commitment, Social Vision and Stylistic Use of Satire in Matigari.” Scholedge International Journal of Multidisciplinary & Allied Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, 2018

Armillas-Tiseyra, Magalí. “Tales from the Corpolony: Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o’s Wizard of the Crow and the Dictator-Novel in the Time of Transition.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 49, no. 3, 2018

Zuhmboshi, Eric Nsuh. “Describing the Politics of Sovereignty in Postcolonial Africa: Rereading Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o’s Matigari and Alobwed’Epie’s The Death Certificate.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 49, no. 3, 2018

Idowu Adeniyi, Emmanuel. “Bourgeois Tensions, Marxist Economics and Aphaeresis of Communal Spirit in Sembene Ousmane’s God’s Bits of Wood and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s Devil on the Cross.”  English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, vol. 14, no. 2, 2017

Nesbitt, L. "Postcolonial Void: Achebe, Vassanji, Wa Thiong'o." New Black & African Writing: A Critical Anthology, vol. 1, 2009



Autobiography/Life Writing

Wrestling with the Devil. A Prison Memoir (2018)

Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening (2016)

In the House of the Interpreter: A Memoir (2012)

Dreams in a Time of War (2010)

Detained: A Writers Prison Diary (1981)



Secure the Base: Making Africa Visible in the Globe (2016)

Wizard of the Crow (2006)

Matigari (1986)

Devil on the Cross (1980)

Petals of Blood (1977)

A Grain of Wheat (1967)

The River Between (1965)

Weep Not, Child (1964)


Children’s and Young Adults’ Books

Njamba Nene’s Pistol (1990)

Njamba Nene and the Cruel Chief (1988)

Njamba Nene and the Flying Bus (1986)


Short Story Collections

Secret Lives and Other Stories (1975)



Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Ngugi wa Mirii.I Will Marry When I Want (1977)

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Micere Githae Mugo. The Trial of Dedan Kimathi (1976)

The Black Hermit (1963)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“Despite Decades of Exile, I Still Feel the Pull of My Homeland.” The Guardian, 9 Sep. 2015

In the Name of the Mother (2013)

Penpoints, Gunpoints, and Dreams: Towards a Critical Theory of the Arts and the State in Africa (1998)

Writers in Politics (1997)

Moving the Centre: The Struggle for Cultural Freedoms (1993)

Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (1986)

„Fighting Neocolonialism: A Case Study of the Selected Novels of Ngugi Wa Thiong’o.“ Vita Books, 1986 (PDF)

Barrell of a Pen: Resistance to Repression in Neo-Colonial Kenya (1983)

„Education for a National Culture.“ Ufahamu, vol. 12, no. 2, 1983

Homecoming: Essays on African and Caribbean Literature, Culture, and Politics (1972)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Kenyan Writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o on the Future of African Literatures in the World. YouTube, 12 Oct. 2020

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: “Europe and the West Must also be Decolonised”. YouTube, 10 Sep. 2019

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o - Why Africans hate Their Own Languages | Diaspora Connect: Ep. 23. YouTube, 25 Apr. 2019

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: Minutes of Glory | Town Hall Seattle. YouTube, 13 Apr. 2019

2018 PEN World Voices Festival: Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o: Decolonizing the Mind, YouTube. 30 Apr. 2018

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, "Wrestling with the Devil" YouTube, 10 May 2018

Decolonizing One's Mind by Author Ngũgĩ wa Tiong'o. YouTube, 21 Mar. 2017

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Interview: Memories of Who We Are. YouTube, 13 Oct. 2015

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, and His Son Mukoma on Family and Writing. BBC, 5 Jul. 2013

African Views: Chinua Achebe & Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. YouTube, 1998

HARDtalk Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o Part 1. YouTube, 24 Jul. 2013

HARDtalk Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o Part 2. YouTube, 24 Jul. 2013