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NGŨGĨ WA THIONG’O LECTURE: WHY WE WANTED ‘WHITES’ TO EXCUSE US!

Kenyan author Ngugi wa ThiongÕo, Distinguished Professor of English and comparative literature at UC Irvine, is on the short list for the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature, for xxx(add phrase or blurb here from award announcement; 

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Ngugi, whose name is pronounced ÒGoogyÓ and means Òwork,Ó is a prolific writer of novels, plays, essays and childrenÕs literature. Many of these have skewered the harsh sociopolitical conditions of post-Colonial Kenya, where he was born, imprisoned by the government and forced into exile.

His recent works have been among his most highly acclaimed and include what some consider his finest novel, ÒMurogi wa KagogoÓ (ÒWizard of the CrowÓ), a sweeping 2006 satire about globalization that he wrote in his native Gikuyu language. In his 2009 book ÒSomething Torn & New: An African Renaissance,Ó Ngugi argues that a resurgence of African languages is necessary to the restoration of African wholeness.

ÒI use the novel form to explore issues of wealth, power and values in society and how their production and organization in society impinge on the quality of a peopleÕs spiritual life,Ó he has said.

It is always interesting to read the headlines that follow after students contest spaces. One of the media outlet reports, “Acclaimed writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o interrupted during UCT lecture”. I must admit, I could not help but laugh a bit.

BELEDE – Pan Africanist Feminism

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Belede Vabaza (Mazwai) and her age mate companions of female, militant journalists such as Ruth Bengu, Zodwa Mshibe, Castalia Moleke, Thembeka Mbobo and others, brought radical changes in the newsroom and on the newsprint with their challenging writings. They put

(WHY?) #FEESMUSTFALL IS A THREAT TO THE STATE

(Photo Credit: Thando Sipuye) The #FeesMustFall movement, with its call for ‘Free De-colonial Education’, is portrayed as senseless hooliganism, and thus perceived as a potential threat, not only to universities and education in South Africa, but also, a threat to the

KEEPING OUR LEGACY ALIVE: TRIBUTE TO ALI MAZRUI!

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This year on 12 October marked the 2nd annivesary of the passing on of an African academic, intellectual, giant and thinker, Professor Ali Mazrui. Mazrui was a scholar from Kenya who studied in England and the United States of America.

THE 1976 STUDENTS UPRISING IN CAPE TOWN!

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Senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, sono sethu, sono sethu yintoni na, sono sethu yintoni na, sono sethu, sono sethu bubumnyama….!!!! Sizowodubula ngoMbayi-Mbayi ayabaleka dubula ngombayi-mbayi, sizowadubula, dubula,

WHITE RACISM: THE COMPLICITY AND HYPOCRISY OF BLACKS!!

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Privilege and proximity to whiteness speaks. A position of privilege and relative proximity to whiteness not only gives you a voice to speak in this country, it also provides you with an inter-national audience, ministerial interventions, public outrage, debates and

SOWETO UPRISING DID NOT FALL FROM A TREE LIKE A RIPE FRUIT!

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One of the students that the apartheid colonialist police shot dead on 16 June 1976 was Hector Pieterson. According to the late Rev. Benjamin Rajuili who was a minister of religion in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a teacher

PAN AFRICANISM IS THE ROAD TO AFRICA’S SECURITY!                                                                             

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Programme Director, Distinguished Delegates, Brothers and Sisters at this historic Convention, I SALUTE YOU ALL for your persistence on the Pan African path. Africa is a beautiful house that has been burning for some time with its children, women and

AFRIKANS ARE THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE OF PLANET EARTH, SAYS DR JULIUS GARVEY!

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Dr Julius Garvey, youngest son of the Most Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, urged Black people in Azania to pride themselves in their glorious history which predates all human civilizations, in order to deal with their many challenges. “Afrika is the

IN LOVING MEMORY OF A REVOLUTIONARY: MAM’ NOMVO BOOI!

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If you met Nomvo Booi in the streets, you wouldn’t have given her a second glance. You wouldn’t have known that she was a premier patriotic. She had no airs and pretences about herself, preferring to be part and parcel