An intimate conversation between acclaimed author and theorist, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, and his son, Mukoma wa Ngugi, a rising star in African Literature. Chaired by Margaret Busby (critic, writer and editor).
Ngugi wa Thiong’o was one of the leading lights of African literature to emerge in the post-independence era and is now established as one of the greatest African novelists and theorists. He is the author of the radical, political book, Decolonising the Mind, and numerous novels, including Grain of Wheat and Wizard of the Crow. His son, Mukoma wa Ngugi, has chosen to tackle contemporary Africa through the genre of crime fiction thrillers. His two novels, Nairobi Heat and Black Star Nairobi, have positioned him at the forefront of the contemporary literary scene. This event brings father and son together to talk about their respective works, preoccupations and aspirations as two writers from different generations and to discuss how they see the role of the writer in Africa today.