Moving the Center:
African Literature in African Languages
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Richard Ali A Mutu
In conversation with David Shook
July 31, 2017
Two generations of African writers—Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, an elder statesman from Kenya, and Richard Ali A Mutu, a young novelist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo—are featured together on the ALOUD stage. They read and discuss the politics of writing in African languages. Thiong’o and Mutu (via Skype) are joined by David Shook, the founding editor of Phoneme Media and publisher of Mutu’s debut novel, Mr. Fix-It, the first novel written in Lingala to be translated into English.
Co-presented with Phoneme Media