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Award Winning Literary Author records on BBC World Book Club at UoN

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Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong'o at the University Bookstore during the World Book Club recording on Wed Feb 19, 2019

The world- renowned Kenyan writer and academic, Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong’o did a recording on his book, ‘A Grain of Wheat’ on BBC World Book Club at the University of Nairobi on Wednesday evening February 21, 2019.

In a programme that would air on March 3, 2019 according to the BBC website, the award winning author expounded on this literary novel and answered all the audience questions on the book.

 “Each time you read it; you never stop to adore how Ngũgĩ makes Kenya’s situation in the wake of Mau Mau rebellion and the struggle for independence more relevant today. While going through this brilliant novel, readers develop some connection to the characters. They grow an inner strength to freely explore, learn and express their feelings about other topics, perspectives, philosophies, cultures and characters within our society,” remarked UoN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, in a speech that was read by Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Prof. Mbithi cited how authors and indeed creative writers like Ngũgĩ and others use novels as a channel for preserving and transferring information and cultures from one generation to another. “We are delighted that Ngũgĩ’s literary works always strive to treasure this ingredient; reading novels and sharing their messages through constructive criticism helps the readers and budding writers, and indeed the society to emancipate itself from self inflicted slavery of the mind.”

 

The VC thanked Prof. Ngugi for his time and his consistent efforts in connecting with the University of Nairobi where he launched his career.