Ngugi wa Thiong'o

 
Border delays because officials can
Border delays because officials can
Many African governments have, in the past few years, made it easier to travel across borders on the continent. But, as a South African, it is...
Transformation began 50 years ago
Transformation began 50 years ago
Fifty years ago, during the so-called Nairobi revolution of the late 1960s, a move was made to transform the disciplines and curriculums in a...
Educate for democracy in Africa
Educate for democracy in Africa
Throughout history, humans told stories to make sense of and give meaning to who they are and what they might become. Africa has always been a...
Burning varsities: Responding to fire
Burning varsities: Responding to fire
Jonathan Jansen’s book, As by Fire: The End of the South African University, predicts an apocalyptic scenario, one that may well become...
Soweto shines in short stories
Soweto shines in short stories
‘The best part about living there,” says author Niq Mhlongo, “is that, wrongly or rightly, the road into South Africa’s freedom passes...
We need our own Nobel and an academy
We need our own Nobel and an academy
It is almost six years since I moved to Kenya. And every September for a few days before the announcement of the literature laureate there is an...
Breaking the chains that bind
Breaking the chains that bind
One does not need to elaborate on how historic a moment it is to be seated in front of legendary Kenyan writer and academic Professor Ngugi wa...
The weekly pop sack: Triggered in good times and bad
The weekly pop sack: Triggered in good times and bad
OPINIONSometimes the internet gives us somewhat good news. Somewhat, because of the growing phenomenon of fake news. The...
The last summer of reason
The last summer of reason
POLITICSIn January 2001, three journalists at the Daily News, an independent newspaper in Harare, were arrested and questioned by...
​Ngugi wa Thiong’o interprets a continent to the world
​Ngugi wa Thiong’o interprets a continent to the world
Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening (Harvill Secker) is author and teacher Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s coming-of-age memoir that...
Nadine Gordimer: Someone to accompany us
Nadine Gordimer: Someone to accompany us
During a panel discussion that I was trying to conduct with Nadine Gordimer and Mongane Serote at the 2012 M&G Literary Festival, I was distracted...
Humanities row displays bad ‘form’
Humanities row displays bad ‘form’
Mouse-clicking on "decolonising the humanities" is not the same as "hitting the panic button of academic freedom" — this...

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