UPDATE: The nobel committee chose to go with this Peruvian author. May be next time.
So word is that Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o is billed as the front-runner to win this year’s nobel prize in literature. Ever since I read The River Between back in primary school I have always been impressed by the author. Ngugi was my first experience with Africa’s literary bloom that produced Soyinka, Achebe, Armah, Tutuola, P’Bitek, Liyong, Ba, among many others.
I am hoping Ngugi wins the nobel for his great contribution to English, Kikuyu, Kenyan and African literature.