MEETING OF MINDS!

March 5, 2017: Kenyan novelist and intellectual, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, visited President Thabo Mbeki at his house in Johannesburg this afternoon.

Thiong’o who left South Africa tonight was in the country at the invitation of the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences to deliver lectures at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Cape Town and Fort Hare on the subject of “Decolonising the Mind”.

Mbeki and Thiong’o discussed a wide range of issues including the state of the African Continent, her peoples at home and the diaspora and the need to energise the African Renaissance movement.

Thiong’o has written many novels, plays and works of social commentary since the early 1960s. His works include:

• The Black Hermit, 1963.
• Weep Not, Child, 1964.
• The River Between.
• A Grain of Wheat.
• This Time Tomorrow (three plays, including the title play, “The Reels”, and “The Wound in the Heart”), c. 1970.
• Homecoming: Essays on African and Caribbean Literature, Culture, and Politics.
• A Meeting in the Dark (1974).
• Secret Lives, and Other Stories, 1976.
• The Trial of Dedan Kimathi (with Micere Githae Mugo and Njaka).
• Ngaahika Ndeenda: (I Will Marry When I Want), 1977 (play; with Ngugi wa Mirii).
• Petals of Blood (1977).
• Caitaani mutharaba-Ini (Devil on the Cross), 1980.
• Writers in Politics: Essays, 1981.
• Education for a National Culture, 1981.
• Detained: A Writer’s Prison Diary, 1981.
• Devil on the Cross.
• Barrel of a Pen: Resistance to Repression in Neo-Colonial Kenya, 1983.
• Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature.
• Mother, Sing For Me, 1986.
• Writing against Neo-Colonialism, 1986.
• Njamba Nene and the Flying Bus Mathagu, 1986 (children’s book).
• Matigari, 1986.
• Njamba Nene and the Cruel Chief (Njamba Nene na Chibu. King’ang’i), 1988 (children’s book).
• Njamba Nene’s Pistol (Bathitoora ya Njamba Nene), (children’s book), 1990.
• Moving the Centre: The Struggle for Cultural Freedom.
• Penpoints, Gunpoints and Dreams: The Performance of Literature and Power in Post-Colonial Africa.
• Wizard of the Crow, 2004.
• Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance, 2009.
• Dreams in a Time of War: a Childhood Memoir, 2010.
• In the House of the Interpreter: A Memoir, Pantheon, 2012.
• Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Memoir of a Writer’s Awakening, 2016.

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