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THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND WHITE DOMINATION IN SOUTH AFRICA!!!!

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.

In his seminal non-fiction work Decolonising the Mind: the Politics of Language in African Literature, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o evaluates the complicit role of language in literature and elsewhere in consolidating some of the ongoing contradictions in post-colonial Africa. Likewise, the

WHERE IS OPEN DEMOCRACY IN SOUTH AFRICA TODAY?

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Recently the Institute For Security Studies And The Nelson Mandela Foundation invited me to a colloquium discussing the topic “Where is open democracy in South Africa today?” This colloquium was held in Cape Town on 4th November 2014. Unfortunately I

TRIBUTE TO MAJOR GENERAL SIYAYA NKONYENI!

It is with deep sadness, for many of us that the Nkonyeni family should lose such a son so unexpectedly. Your son is a great loss also to this nation and to the liberation movement of which he was highly

GIVE THE AFRICAN UNION CREDIT!

After a long time of disappointing many people, the African Union (AU) has given some hope that it can defend and protect African interests without fear from the intimidation of imperialist countries. It was an unprecedented bold act on the

PAC CASE # 2: POST APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA

1. HISTORICAL CONTEXT AND PROCESSES…… South Africa is an integral part of the African continent; and like all African countries it is the result of colonial and imperialist conquest that led to the division and re-division of Africa among imperial

REFLECTIONS ON THE 2014 STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS!!

I watched the parliamentary debate on 17 February after many years of not watching that circus. I watched because I wanted to listen to the responses to President Jacob Zuma’s porous state of the (ANC) nation address taking into consideration

THE SELL-OUT DEAL IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE SPATE OF PROTESTS!

“Prisoners are not free to negotiate with their jailers,” these were the words of the then second President and founding member of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) of Azania, Zeph Mothopeng, referring to ANC leader Nelson Mandela who has been

THABO MBEKI ON ZIMBABWE!

I had thought that you had started yesterday, but I was told only when I arrived here 15 minutes ago that actually you didn’t. I hope that doesn’t signify that as Africans we are always late. We had agreed that

WOMEN CAN LIFT UP HALF THE SKY!

Stirring the pot on gender inequalities and outdated attitudes observed in the post-Sharpeville 1960 era, Lauretta Ngcobo’s eulogy at the late Joe Mkhwanazi’s funeral in January this year highlighted the role of women, their emancipation through the crucible of struggle

THE COLONIAL MACHINATIONS OF MANDELA DAY!

The African people’s struggle for liberation started in the 1400’s when the continent was invaded by Europeans. Subsequently, millions of Africans were taken to the Americas as slaves. The African people’s struggle against white (European) domination produced leaders such as