Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

1938 - Today

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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o ((IPA: nɡʊɡi wá ðiɔŋɔ ); born James Ngugi; 5 January 1938) is a Kenyan writer and academic who writes primarily in Gikuyu. His work includes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, ranging from literary and social criticism to children's literature. He is the founder and editor of the Gikuyu-language journal Mũtĩiri. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o has received more than 692,675 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is the 2,437th most popular writer (down from 2,214th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Kenya (down from 8th in 2019) and the most popular Kenyan Writer.

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Among writers, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o ranks 2,437 out of 5,794Before him are Theodore I, Ulf Stark, Olympiodorus of Thebes, Pierre Gamarra, Saigyō, and Mary Baker Eddy. After him are Kyōka Izumi, Jack Williamson, Maciej Kazimierz Sarbiewski, Richard Wright, Angela Carter, and Alexander Imich.

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Among people born in 1938, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o ranks 183Before him are Princess Anne, Duchess of Calabria, Lawrence Block, Ahmed Jibril, Ronny Cox, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, and Rauno Aaltonen. After him are Jim Simons, Chas Chandler, Ed Lauter, Shashi Kapoor, Alan Dershowitz, and Grethe Ingmann.

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In Kenya

Among people born in Kenya, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o ranks 9 out of 121Before him are Barack Obama Sr. (1936), Jomo Kenyatta (1893), Daniel arap Moi (1924), Louis Leakey (1903), Roger Whittaker (1936), and Mwai Kibaki (1931). After him are Kipchoge Keino (1940), Deep Roy (1949), Ben Jipcho (1943), Philippa Gregory (1954), Chris Froome (1985), and Uhuru Kenyatta (1961).

Among WRITERS In Kenya

Among writers born in Kenya, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o ranks 1After him are Philippa Gregory (1954) and Binyavanga Wainaina (1971).