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Ace Kenyan Author Ngugi wa Thiong’o Wins Top German Peace Prize


Professor Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’, his fans and supporters as well as the University of California at Irvine, have every reason to celebrate after the famous author was feted for his exceptional work.

Reports from News of Africa has it that the recognized academician who teaches comparative writing and English was granted the 2019 Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize.

The professor was honoured with the award for his book Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature. Announcing the fete, the jury said Ngugi understands communication among the different languages as a peace-building element and has been using it well.

The collection of essays in the prolific author’s book is one of his best-known and most-cited publications which advocate for linguistic decolonisation. He has been writing in his native Gikuyu language and then translating his text into English.

The professor was honoured with the award for his book Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature. Announcing the fete, the jury said Ngugi understands communication among the different languages as a peace-building element and has been using it well.

The collection of essays in the prolific author’s book is one of his best-known and most-cited publications which advocate for linguistic decolonisation. He has been writing in his native Gikuyu language and then translating his text into English.

News of Africa understands the prize which is awarded for scientific, fictional and journalistic works that demonstrate exemplary commitment to freedom, humanity and peace comes with a monetary token of KSh 2.8 million.

Ngugi’s fete may have been announced but the award will be presented on November 29, 2019, at a ceremony in Osnabruck, Germany which is the birthplace of revered novelist Erich Maria Remarque, the author of All Quiet on the Western Front.

 

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