Ngugi  on Hardtalk

To write or not to in an African language. 40 years later, that is the question still bugging Ngugi wa Thiongo.

In this video, he speaks on the place of language and translation in contemporary African fiction while being interviewed by  Gavin Esler of Hardtalk Extra, the art-centered version of the popular BBC talk show Hardtalk.

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At some point, in the discussion, Adichie’s name comes up and Ngugi says something about her “metaphysical empire.” Watch and see if you can explain to me what he means by that term.

Ngugi has been doing quite a bit of interviews and literary events of late. Nice to have him back on the limelight and sharing his wisdom with our generation.

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He seems to me such an adorable old man!

See the full clip HERE.