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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o was born the fifth child of the third of his father's four wives; he had twenty-seven siblings. The family lived in Kamiriithu Village, twelve miles northeast of Nairobi, Kenya. His father, Thiong'o wa Nducu, was a peasant farmer dispossessed by the British Imperial Land Act of 1915 and therefore forced to become a squatter on property meted out to one of the few native Africans who had profited from the act. His father's condition was similar to that of most of the Kikuyu with whom Ngũgĩ grew up.

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Postcolonial African Writers: A Bio Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook


Pushpa Parekh
Siga Jagne


Postcolonial African Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook by Pushpa Naidu Parekh, ed., Siga Fatima Pagne, ed. Copyright © 1998 by Pushpa Naidu Parekh and Siga Fatima Pagne. All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission of ABC-CLIO, LLC, Santa Barbara, CA.



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