Ngugi Wa Thiong'o- Decolonising the Mind


Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Decolonizing the Mind is a collection of anti-Imperialist essays by Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Published in 1986, the book is a call for African writers to return to their native languages rather than express themselves in the languages forced upon them by colonization. In the book, Ngugi declares that this will be his last book written in English and he will return to writing in his mother tongue, Gikuyu. A highly decorated author, Ngugi holds four degrees from four different institutions and is one of the few authors to write acclaimed texts in more than one language.

In the first essay, “The Language of African Literature,” Ngugi argues that Imperialism has prevented Africans from using their own language as a means of expression. Imperialism, he asserts, is an evil force that controls almost everything in Africa, and has destroyed the identity, history, and integrity of many African cultures. He interprets the ideas of Frantz Fanon, who has written about the negative consequences of Imperialism and how art can be used to heal the damage done by Imperialism.

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