I Will Marry When I Want

I Will Marry When I Want

“I will marry when I want,” Grandma said. “ But grandma, you’re already married to grandpa. Isn’t it too late to talk about marriage given as you have grand babies? case in point” Ada said pointing at herself. Of course I could have done better than Mr. mustache over here if only I had married after the debut of the great Kenyan author Ngugi was thiongo’s play “ I Will Marry When I Want” came out. Brother Ngugi was a man ahead of his time. He not only wrote books and plays that were tackling heavy themes such as capitalism, religious hypocrisy, corruption, poverty, and cultural capitalism but also chose to later write in his language, Gikuyu. He together with Taban Lo liyong and Awoor Anyumba championed the change of the name of the English department at the university in Kenya from English department to the literature department. “ Why can’t African literature be at the center so that we can view our cultures in relationship to it”, they argued. Ngugi was a force to be reckoned with as he continued to write even after he was imprisoned for a year in Kenya. He has published several books such as Weep Not Child, his first book, The River Between, Birth Of A Dreamer, and his most recent one, The Perfect Nine. The Perfect Nine became the first work written in an Ingenuous African language long-listed for the International bucker prize with Ngugi becoming the first nominee as both author and translator of the same book. His accomplishments have earned him a number of awards such as Distinguished Africanist Award from the New York African Studies Association (1996), the Fonlon-Nichols prize (1996), the Zora Neale Hurston-Paul Robeson Award (1993), the Lotus prize for Afro-Asian literature (1973), UNESCO first prize (1963), and the East Africa Novel Prize (1962). He has indeed given us both a love for literature and also pride in our culture just like he said, “ language, any language has a dual character: it is both a means of communication and a carrier of culture.”

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