January 5 marks the birthday of one of Kenya’s and world’s prominent authors, Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
Thiong’o is known for writing a number of books and for his unending fight for recognition and use of indigenous languages.
For his work in literature, Thiong’o has been recognised all through his life with awards such as the Lotus Prize for Literature and National Book Critics Award, among others. He has also been conferred honorary degrees by different universities across the world.
His recognition came from a repressive past, where he was imprisoned and exiled for writing content the then-government considered treasonous.
Here are 10 quotes from the renowned author.