Noted African author to speak at Smith College

NORTHAMPTON – Kenyan-born Ngugi wa Thiong’o, one of East Africa’s most celebrated writers and social critics, will speak Thursday at 4:15 p.m. in Smith College’s Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, 5 Chapin Drive.

He will talk on “Birth of a Dream Weaver: The Pleasure and Perils of Writing.”

Born in Kenya when it was a British colony, Ngugi grew up in a Kikuyu area outside Nairobi at the time of the Mau Mau uprising that was challenging that rule. He was aware early in his life of the affects of colonialism on Africa, and became an advocate for African language literature.

He was imprisoned for a year without trial in his country for his writings that were critical of capitalism, corruption and religion. He spent 22 years in self-imposed exile.

Ngugi is the author of many novels,…

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