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Professor Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o receives Degree of Doctor of Letters

World renowned Kenyan writer and academic, Professor Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at the University of Edinburgh on 8 July 2019.

Dr Thomas Molony from the School of Social and Political Science presented Ngũgĩ to the Academic Senate and his full laureation address can be seen below.

In his response, Ngũgĩ pointed to how his unschooled mother inspired him to pursue an education, and how the Scottish novelist and poet Robert Louis Stevenson inspired his love of reading.

Ngũgĩ noted the long list of other Africans who have graduated from Edinburgh, including the University’s first African graduate, the physician, historian and political theorist James Africanus Beale Horton (, the feminist author Florence Nwapa ( and Tanzanian politician and anti-colonial activist Julius Nyerere (

Full story can be found here.

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