By Arch. Dr. D.K. GITAU-For The Diaspora Times
While reacting to fake circulations in social media, implicating him as the author, Professor Ngugi WA Thion’go said that he does not communicate through social media groups as all his beliefs and stand on democracy in Kenya are documented in his writings.
He told this writer via telephone to advise Kenyans to read his books “Caitani mutharabaini” and “Ngugi detained,” among others, so that they can be enlightened on his stand on the liberation struggle in Kenya.
The renowned author of many books directly endorsed the candidature of Raila Odinga and Martha Karua because they have always stood for justice in Kenya, unlike others sitting on the fence when the same was happening.
“Martha is a focused woman who is among the few that stood up during the reign of dictator Moi” he commented while commending her as the best choice to help Raila in his long-awaited dream to liberate Kenya.
He further said it’s a new beginning for Kenya, and if all goes well and Raila is elected, the full realization of the second liberation is imminent.
Excerpts from Wikipedia
Professor Ngugi is a Kenyan writer and academic who writes primarily in Gikuyu and who formerly wrote in English. His work includes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, ranging from literary and social criticism to children’s literature. He is the founder and editor of the Gikuyu-language journal Mũtĩiri. His short story The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright, is translated into 100 languages from around the world.
In 1977, Ngũgĩ embarked upon a novel form of theatre in his native Kenya that sought to liberate the theatrical process from what he held to be “the general bourgeois education system”, by encouraging spontaneity and audience participation in the performances. His project sought to “demystify” the theatrical process, and to avoid the “process of alienation [that] produces a gallery of active stars and an undifferentiated mass of grateful admirers” which, according to Ngũgĩ, encourages passivity in “ordinary people”. Although his landmark play, Ngaahika Ndeenda, co-written with Ngugi wa Mirii, was a commercial success, it was shut down by the authoritarian Kenyan regime six weeks after its opening.
Ngũgĩ was subsequently imprisoned for over a year. Adopted as an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, the artist was released from prison, and fled Kenya.In the United States, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of California, Irvine. He has also previously taught at Northwestern University, Yale University, and New York University.