Africa Now July 6, 2016
Topic: The Enduring Rhythm of Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Topics and Guests: Today's Africa Now! topic is The Enduring Rhythm of Ngugi wa Thiong’o...exploreations in decolonization, resistance, and language with Dr. Josh Myers. Ngugi wa Thiong’o (b. 1938) is one of the African world’s most prolific writers, thinkers, cultural workers, play-write, activist. Growing up in colonial Kenya, initially, his dream of a free Africa shaped his life’s work. However, as he evolved…a clear record of his commitment to a free African world is evident. Early on Ngugi understood the interdependent relationship between the politics of memory, language, and resistance…a process that prompted him to write in his language— Gikuyu. Among his extensive works, are novels, plays, short stories and essays, such as, but not limited to: Writers in Politics (1981 and 1997); Decolonising the Mind (1986); Moving the Center (1994); Penpoints Gunpoints and Dreams (1998); Weep Not, Child (1964); Petals of Blood (1977); Wizard of the Crow (2006); Dreams in a Time of War (2010); and In the House of the Interpreter: A Memoir (2015). Africa Now! features a speech by Professor Ngugi wa Thiong’o entitled "Re-Membering Africa: Retrieval and Exchange of African Memory." Africa Now! Executive Producer and Co-Host James Pope's discussion with Dr. Josh Meyers explores what he terms the "Enduring Rhythm of Ngugi wa Thiong’o"…a conversation on decolonization as a deep-process of remembering, resistance, restoration.
Currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, Ngugi wa Thiong’o has also taught at Yale and New York Universities. Professor Ngugi wa Thiong’o is recipient of 10 honorary doctoral degrees and is the founder and editor of a Gikuyu-language journal Mutiiri. Dr. Josh Meyers teaches Africana Studies in the Department of Afro-American Studies at Howard University and is a board member of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations and Positive Black Folks in Action.
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