Ngugi wa Thiong'o is a Kenyan novelist, poet, playwright and distinguished academic. Ngugi burst onto the literary scene in East Africa with the performance of his first major play The Black Hermit, at the National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda in 1962. In 1967 Ngugi became a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Nairobi played a central role in the development of English departments across Africa. Ngugi championed changing the term English simply to Literature to reflect world literature with African and third world literatures at the centre. In 1977 Ngugi's novel Petal's of Blood was published. It was sharply critical of the inequalities and injustices of Kenyan society and as result he was arrested in December 1977and imprisoned without charge at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. He was finally released in December 1978 and was forced to live in exile finally returning 22 years later.


Production Date Theatre
The Trial of Dedan Kimathi 1984 Africa Centre


Title Date Publisher
The Black Hermit 1968 African Writers Series; Heinemann Educational
This Time Tomorrow 1971 East African Literature Bureau
Ngaahika Ndeenda: I Will Marry When I Want To 1980 Heinemann Educational
Mzalendo Kimathi: The Trial of Dedan Kimathi by Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Micere Githae Mugo 1983 Heinemann Educational