James Ngugi


Kani: Bonisile John (Playwright and Actor)

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o (Born James Thiong’o Ngugi)

Born: 5 January 1938, Limuru, Kenya

This highly regarded prolific Kenyan born writer holds numerous degrees (many of them honorary) from Universities around the world. He is currently lecturing at UCLA. His output ranges across political commentary, novels, short stories, plays and children’s books. He holds an additional distinction in that Dictator Moi issued a warrant of arrest for the main character in a novel, and on finding him fictional, had the novel arrested instead! He writes in Gikuyu which is his native language and translates his work into English himself.

Quotations

“The condition of women in a nation is the real measure of its progress”.
“Written words can also sing”.

Books

  • Weep not Child
  • The River Between
  • A Grain of Wheat
  • Petals of Blood
  • Devil on the Cross
  • Matigari
  • Wizard or the Crow
  • Something Torn & New: An African Renaissance

Bonisile Kani


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Kani: Bonisile John (Playwright and Actor)

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Born: 30 November 1942, New Brighton, Eastern Cape

In 2014, the Main Theatre of the New Market Theatre in Johannesburg, was renamed the Jon Kani Theatre. Kani is both an actor and a playright, and also co-authored the 1975 Tony Award Siswe Banzi is Dead with Winston Ntshona and Athol Fugard. Of his play Nothing but the Truth this is what the New York Times had to say:

“A deeply felt portrait that delicately weaves the extraordinary and the ordinary in its characters’ lives”.

Books

  • The Ghost and the Darkness 1996
  • Siswe Bansi is Dead 1972
  • The Wild Geese 1978
  • The Island 1973
  • Nothing but the Truth 2008

Lee Harper


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Lee: (Nelle) Harper (Pulitzer Prize 1960)

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Born: 28 April 1926, Monroeville, Alabama

Harper grew up with Truman Capote (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) – a friendship that lasted until his death in 1984. Although her book Go Set a Watchman preceded To Kill a Mockingbird, it was set in a later time period. The publishers rejected it but suggested she rewrite it from the perspective of Scout as a child. Harper Lee had a stroke a few years ago and is now living in a care facility, however her mind is as sharp as ever and she fully endorsed the recent publication of Go Set a Watchman. A great deal of controversy has been generated by the changes in the character of Atticus Finch.

Quotations

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view”.
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience”.
“Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it”.

Books

  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
  • Go set a Watchman (2015 – originally submitted in 1957)