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Listening Tree Video (LT) January 28, 2022 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: “Europe and the West must also be decolonised” (2019)

Writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has always questioned the literary tradition written in colonial languages, analysing the dynamics and the functioning off colonised societies and their relationship with the colonisers. Thiong’o defends the mother tongue as a weapon against linguistic imperialism, and recommends decolonising minds and the imagination, in Africa and Europe alike. We talk with him on the occasion of the publication in Catalan of his book “La revolució vertical” (Raig Verd, 2019).

General (LT) Listening Tree January 25, 2022 NGUGI WA THIONG’O ON HARDtalk (2013)

HARDtalk speaks to one of Africa’s greatest living writers, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o. Tipped to win the Nobel prize for literature, he decided years ago not to write novels in English but in Gikuyu, his mother tongue. His work includes extraordinary memoirs of colonial times and the Mau Mau uprising in his native Kenya. How far have today’s young Africans forgotten the sacrifices that brought about independence? And has that independence itself been a disappointment?

Encyclopaedia Africana J March 21, 2021 JOMO KENYATTA

While in Europe, Kenyatta studied anthropology at the London School of Economics, gave public lectures, wrote to newspapers, traveled across Europe and participated in the Pan-African Congress.

A Encyclopaedia Africana March 6, 2021 AYAAN HIRSI ALI

“Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.”

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Encyclopaedia Africana O February 28, 2021 OPERATION LEGACY: what the British did as they left ‘their’ colonies

In Northern Rhodesia, colonial officials were issued with further orders to destroy “all papers which are likely to be interpreted, either reasonably or by malice, as indicating racial prejudice or religious bias on the part of Her Majesty’s government”.

E Encyclopaedia Africana February 28, 2021 ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF

“The size of your dreams must always exceed your capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they’re big enough.”

Listening Tree Poetry (LT) February 27, 2021 I CROSSED by ALI AL’AMIN MAZRUI

When I grasp you, my hands grasp nothing
but a corpse that died with no justice

Listening Tree Poetry (LT) February 27, 2021 I AM I by ALI AL’AMIN MAZRUI

River –
We stand on your bank
tears falling on us
that stream into your heart

Listening Tree Poetry (LT) February 27, 2021 DOOR by ALI AL’AMIN MAZRUI

Everything looks at you twice
Ashamed, you look away,
you let it happen.
You can’t look for a fight.

A Encyclopaedia Africana February 27, 2021 ALI AL’AMIN MAZRUI

Mazrui was always willing to confront contentious issues. He began his academic life in the 1960s as an ardent critic of all variants of Marxism, just as African socialism was becoming the prevailing orthodoxy.

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