Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is a novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, editor, academic and social activist and currently a Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California. He was born in Kenya in 1938, and educated at schools in Kenya and colleges in Uganda and Britain. He has taught in many universities including Yale and New York University. A UCI Medalist, Ngũgĩ is recipient of twelve Honorary Doctorates from universities in Africa, Europe, America, and New Zealand. He is also an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include the novels Wizard of the Crow, Petals of Blood, and A Grain of Wheat as well as the collections of essays Decolonizing the Mind and Something Torn and New. He is also the author of memoirs including In the House of the Interpreter and Wrestling with the Devil. His fable, The Upright Revolution, an English translation of the Gĩkũyũ, Ituĩka rĩa Mũrũngarũ, has been translated into 68 languages, making it one of the most translated stories in history.