F172. It Takes a Family

Scott James Bookfair Stage, LA Convention Center, Exhibit Hall Level One
Friday, April 1, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Ngugi wa Thiong’o has been a longtime proponent of a paradigm shift in the way diasporic populations judge their own literature—not by comparisons to Western literature, but by developing their own rich cultural history of literature. Joined by his offspring, all published writers, Ngugi will discuss the Global South and the role of change agents and change in today’s literary arena and how a family may have lessons that are relevant to other groups advocating change in the world of literature. Introduced by Elizabeth L. Hodges and sponsored by St. Petersburg Review and Springhouse Journal.



Kadija Sesay is an award-winning literary activist; publisher of SABLE LitMag, She’s edited numerous anthologies. Her poetry collection, Irki, was shortlisted for the Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. Her second, The Modern Pan Africanist’s Journey, received an Arts Council England R&D grant.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is currently Distinguished Professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine. He is a recipient of ten honorary doctorates, a Fellow of the MLA, an honorary membership of the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and a member of American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Mukoma Wa Ngugi is an assistant professor of English at Cornell University and the author of Black Star Nairobi, Nairobi Heat, and Hurling Words at Consciousness. He is the cofounder of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature and codirector of the Global South Project—Cornell.

Nducu wa Ngugi has a BA in Black studies from Oberlin College, an MEd and an EdS in teacher leadership from Mercer University. He is the author of City Murders, a novel. His commentaries on social issues have appeared in the several daily papers an magazines. He is also the author of several published short stories.

Wanjiku Wa Ngugi is the author of The Fall of Saints. She is the former director of the Helsinki African Film Festival. She was also a columnist for the Finnish development magazine writing about political and cultural issues. Her short stories have been published in various magazines.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center