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Ngugi wa Mirii, RIP

The great Kenyan playwright Ngugi wa Mirii, a colleague of Ngugi wa Thiong’o's who lived most of his life in Zimbabwe, died in a car crash over the weekend. I’ve put some links for further reading below.

We sometimes forget how very real Pan-Africanism is: Africans don’t just migrate to other parts of the world, they also travel widely and take up new homes within the continent. Ngugi wa Mirii chose Zimbabwe as his escape from the dictatorship of Daniel Arap Moi, and kept growing his formidable reputation on African soil.

His death is our loss.

Daves Guzha, a theatre producer, said he had learned with great shock of the death of “a great man and dedicated playwright”.

Guzha said: “It is with deep sorrow and a sense of loss that I learnt of the death of a good friend and partner in the arts. He was a dedicated man in everything he did.”

RENOWNED artist, Pan-Africanist, author and social commentator, Ngugi wa Mirii, who died in a car crash on Friday night, will be buried in his home country of Kenya later this week.Arrangements were being finalised yesterday to repatriate the body to Nairobi following a postmortem that confirmed the cause of death as the accident.Ngugi’s car rammed into a lorry at the intersection of Enterprise Road and Glenara Avenue killing him on the spot. Ministers and prominent personalities from all walks of life yesterday visited the wa Mirii home to pay their respects to the late playwright and Pan Africanist.These included the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Cde Patrick Chinamasa, Deputy Minister of Information and Publicity Cde Bright Matonga, former Cabinet Minister Cde Victoria Chitepo, former Minister of Information and Publicity Professor Jonathan Moyo, a commissioner with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Ms Joyce Kazembe, director of the Southern African Regional Documentation Centre Ms Phyllis Johnson as well as film producers, actors and journalists.

 

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