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Tribute from an Educator
WithNoma LeMoine
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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, in one of his lectures, expounded on how Colonialism had ‘dismembered’ local communities in Africa by forcibly devaluing local languages and cultural forms and imposing colonial values. He asked his African audience to ‘re-member’ themselves, to return to their roots, to actively promote their languages, and give credence to their unique cultural identities within and outside academia.