Chinese, Koreans, or Swedes learn maths and medicine in their own languages. We don't. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and the tyranny of colonial languages—how they make the conquest permanent.
Ngũgĩ continues to be the voice crying in the wilderness about the importance of African languages and the dangers of ignoring the art being created in them: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and the Tyranny of Language via
“To control a people’s culture,” Ngũgĩ wrote, “is to control their tools of self-definition in relationship to others.” #EmpireAndItsRuins via
A piece I wrote for on a great man and his ideas around language and power
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and the Tyranny of Language - lovely essay by via
Controlling peoples’ culture controls their tools of self-definition in relationship to others (Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o)
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and the Tyranny of Language
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and the Tyranny of Language via
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and the Tyranny of Language: "the degradation of the vernacular in former colonies has had an impact on people far beyond the literary realm."
"Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and the Tyranny of Language” via