Ngugi wa Thiong'o nominated for International award as both author and translator.

by Helvine Achieng
April 8, 2021

Ngugi wa Thiong'o has been nominated for an International award as both author and translator. The Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o is among the nominees on this year's International Booker Prize long list of authors and translators. 

 Thiong'o has made history by becoming the first writer to be nominated as both author and translator of the same book, 'The Perfect Nine: The Epic Gikuyu and Mumbi' best-translated fiction award. The 83-year-old award-winning novelist is also the first nominee to write in an indigenous African language.

According to The Guardian, the International Booker Judges described Thiong'o's verse novel, written in Gikuyu, as "a magisterial and poetic tale about women's place in a society of gods."


The prizes shortlisting will first be announced on April 22, and the winner on June 2. 

Thiong'o is a famous writer well-known for his books such as 'Weep Not, Child' (1964), 'The River Between' (1965), 'A Grain of Wheat' (1967) and 'Petals of Blood' (1977), among others.

In early 1981, Thiong'o went to London to launch and promote his first Kikuyu language novel, 'Caitani Mutharabaini' (Devil on the Cross) that he had written on toilet paper while detained at Kamiti Maximum Security prison.