WRESTLING WITH THE DEVIL: NGUGI WA THIONG’O
Often mentioned as a deserving Nobel Prize nominee, and described as the Kenyan Mandela, the African writer and human rights champion Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has spent his life grappling with the post-colonial experience. Translated into over 30 languages, his novels and memoirs tell a compelling and challenging story of Africa. In his latest memoir Wrestling with the Devil, he references one of his most powerful novels, the critique of capitalism Devil On The Cross, written in secret, on toilet paper, while he was imprisoned. Kubé Jones-Neill talks with wa Thiong’o, one of the world’s literary treasures and the recipient of a 2005 Honorary Doctorate from The University of Auckland.
Supported by the Michael King Writers’ Centre and The University of Auckland.