• Full Name: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
  • Categories: Literature
  • Gender: Male
  • Birth Country: Kenya
  • Date of Birth: January 05
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, was born in Kenya, in 1938 into a large peasant family. He was educated at Kamandura, Manguu and Kinyogori primary schools; Alliance High School, all in Kenya; Makerere University College (then a campus of London University), Kampala, Uganda; and the University of Leeds, Britain. In 1967, Ngugi became lecturer in English Literature at the University of Nairobi. He taught there until 1977 while, in-between, also serving as Fellow in Creative writing at Makerere (1969-1970), and as Visiting Associate Professor of English and African Studies at Northwestern University (1970-1971). The year 1977 forced dramatic turns in Ngugi’s life and career. For his role as a social activist Ngugi was arrested and imprisoned without charge at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison on December 31, 1977 but released two years later due to international pressure. While Ngugi was in Britain for the launch and promotion of one of his books he learned about the Moi regime’s plot to assassinate him forcing him into exile first to Britain then to the US. He got married in 1961 and has six children.