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Raila meets literary legend Ngugi

02 June 2015, 14:47 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has met literary genius Ngugi Wa Thiong'o in Nairobi for talks.

Ngugi, who is based in the United States is in Kenya to celebrate 50 years since he started publishing.

He met Raila in Nairobi Tuesday, where they had a light heartened chat about several issues, including the current state of the nation as well as other matters.

Ngugi is, currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, was born in Kenya, in 1938.

He was educated at Kamandura, Manguu and Kinyogori primary schools; Alliance High School, all in Kenya; Makerere University College (then a campus of London University), Kampala, Uganda; and the University of Leeds, Britain.

He is the recipient of ten Honorary Doctorates: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Albright College; Honorary PhD, Roskilde, Denmark; Doctor of Letters honoris causa, University of Leeds, 2004; Honorary Doctor of Literature and Philosophy, Walter Sisulu University, 2004; Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, CSU Dominguez Hills, 2005; Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Dillard University, 2005; Honorary Doctor of Literature, University of Auckland, 2005; Honorary Doctor of Letters, New York University, 2008; Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Dar es Saalam, 2013; and Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Bayreuth, 2014.

He is also an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2003 and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014.

A many-sided intellectual, he is novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, editor, academic and social activist.

He has lived in exile for many years, secondly in the United States and initially the United Kingdom.

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