"As an African and a Black person, I feel that I have a duty to love all the places I call home. Love need not always be pleasant—it can be demanding, defensive, angry and wrong. But it always wants to build, not destroy."
NOVELIST. POET. ACTIVIST. SCHOLAR.
Mukoma Wa Ngugi is an Associate Professor of English at Cornell University and the author of The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership, the novels Mrs. Shaw, Black Star Nairobi, Nairobi Heat, and two books of poetry, Logotherapy and Hurling Words at Consciousness. He is the co-founder of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature and co-director of the Global South Project - Cornell.
Mukoma Wa Ngugi reads from his work and discusses contemporary African literature at the Library of Congress, part of the series of Conversations with African Poets and Writers.
Berlin International Literature Festival
5 September 2018
Kaduna Book Festival, Nigeria
7–8 September 2018
In Conversation with Andy Zee, Revolution Books
14 September 2018
Ake Arts Festival, Lagos, Nigeria
24–28 October 2018
Mukoma reviews Africa39 in the Los Angeles Review of Books
radio & television
Listen to Mukoma's interview on National Public Radio about his latest crime fiction Black Star Nairobi.