Mukoma Wa Ngugi
Hurling Words at Consciousness
Africa Worlds Press, 2006

“By turns soothingly tender or implacably harsh, Hurling Words at Consciousness is an unflinching meditation on our globalized inequities. It is thoughtful and richly rewarding.” --Tejumola Olaniyan, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Mukoma wa Ngugi is a poet of extraordinary expressive gifts. This impressive volume casts a critical yet forgiving eye on closely-observed episodes from life in the United States, with knowing glances towards poets as diverse as Le'opold Se'dar Senghor and Matthew Arnold. The social concerns of an African poet in sympathy with political struggles throughout the Third World here jostle up against and defamiliarize the details of North American everyday life, which then suddenly take on new significance.” --Nicholas Brown, University of Illinois at Chicago
Conversing with Africa: Politics of Change
Kimaathi Publishing, 2003

The narrative of this book is an effort to engage the past from the present, to stand witness to present times, and to communicate the need to restore a radical dialogue in Africa. The author speaks to a new generation of activists who are trying to answer Fanon's call of 'Each generation must out of relative obscurity find its mission - fulfil it or betray it'. (from back cover)

The very title of Kenyan author Mukoma wa Ngugi's book makes the case for dialogue. Conversing with Africa is a wide-ranging investigation of Africa's dilemmas and his analysis is bleak; 'abject poverty, despotism, coups, ethnic cleansings--all under the rubric of neo-colonialism, all structured under the debilitating conditions of the World Bank and the IMF--continue to ravage the continent.' Ngugi's aim is polemical and he has approached his task in the spirit of Walter Rodney's groundbreaking How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. His aim is to convince the reader of the imperative need for action; for Africans to become their own agents of change. Conversing with Africa is a plea for unity; Ngugi is proposing nothing less than a Pan-African solution to the ills of the continent and although his argument is stronger on passion than pragmatism, he could justifiably point to what pragmatism has produced.

If Africa is to emerge from the colonial yoke and cast off the neo-liberal shackles then it urgently needs to engage with honest voices such as Mukoma wa Ngugi calling for radical reform. The price for failing to do so is high.
                       - New Internationalist
“While treatinag the reader to an expnsive range of themes - death, war, life, love, nature, human relationships/encounters, personal reflections, art, politics, history, social justice, revolution and others – Mukoma wa Ngugi also succeeds in making a deeply profound, artistic statement. He decorates his intensely reflective utterance with a lacework of images, metaphors and other forms of figurative expression that reveal a keen artist at his craft. With this first volume of poetry, Mukoma wa Ngugi has clearly entered the world of published poets in style!” --Micere Mugo Githae, Syracuse University “
Like his late mentors, Frantz Fanon and Walter Rodney, Mukoma is a catalyst, a circuit board, a generator. Through his writings and activism, he expresses the idea within which many will think change, the dream within which many will envision change, and the hope within which many will imagine change.” --Meredith Terreta,

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