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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

One of the leading writers and scholars at work today, Ngugi wa Thiong'o was born in Limuru, Kenya, in 1938. He is the author of "A Grain of Wheat," "Weep Not, Child," and "Petals of Blood," as well as "Birth of a Dream Weaver," "Wrestling with the Devil," and "Minutes of Glory." Currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, Ngugi is recipient of twelve honorary doctorates, among other awards.