Ngugi wa Thiong o: Weep Not, Child

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Weep Not, Child by Ngugi wa Thiong o The Author: To decolonize our minds we must not see our own experiences as little islands that are not connected with other processes. Ngugi wa Thiong o, a Kenyan writer of Gikuyu descent was born in Limuru, Kenya, in 1938. After attending Alliance high School in Kikuyu and Makere University in Uganda, Ngugi went to England to study at the University of Leeds. Afterwards he began a successful career writing in English, before turning to work almost entirely in his native Gikuyu. His novel Weep Not, Child, was published in 1964, followed by other works including The River Between (1965) or Devil on The Cross (1980), which was written during the author s one year detention in prison in Kenya. There he was held without a trial, because peasants and workers performed his play Ngaahika Ndeenda, which was his first work written in his native language. Ngugi is an active campaigner for the African language. His works have a big impact on people living in Kenya or overseas. Furthermore the author thinks, that English in Africa is a cultural bomb , that continues a process of erasing memories of pre-colonial cultures. Main Characters: Njoroge: he is the main character of the book, a school boy, who wants to get as much education as possible Ngotho: he is the father of Njoroge and the family leader Nyokabi and Njeri: they are the two wives of Ngotho Njoroge s brother: Njoroge has three brothers called Boro, Kamau and Kori, who died in World War II ...

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