Mukoma and Wanjiku Ngugi dismiss rumours of Thiong’o’s death

“Not again with the death rumours!” – Mukoma wa Ngugi.

Mukoma and Wanjiku wa Ngugi have taken to social media to dismiss rumours that their father, the legendary novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o is dead.

Earlier this evening, and not for the first time, social media was awash with messages of condolences and screenshots of a fake Twitter account peddling the lie that the The Upright Revolution author had passed.

“Not again with the death rumors! Baba @NgugiWaThiongo_ is here – talking to him as I write this. To be sure, death is inevitable for all of us – but there is no need to invite it sooner,” Mukoma wrote.

Wanjiku also dismissed the rumours by saying, “It is just another rumor! All is well!”

Ngugi wa Thiong’o has been Kenya’s front-runner for the Nobel Literature Prize for years despite many disappointments. The 2021 Nobel Literature Prize was awarded to Tanzania-born Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah.

This year, Thiong’o’s play “I’ll Marry When I Want” was finally showcased at the Kenyan National Theatre after 45 years. The play premiered in theatres in 1977 before it was banned by the state after a few weeks in what was widely believed to be censoring of criticism of the government’s handling of post-colonial struggles.



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