Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o in running for Nobel prize

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The Nobel prizes for literature for both 2018 and 2019 are due to be awarded in the Swedish capital Stockholm later on Thursday.

Last year’s award was postponed after a sexual and financial abuse scandal which led to a number of resignations at the Swedish Academy – the independent body that makes the awards.

In the aftermath of the scandal major changes were introduced for how the prize is awarded.

The BBC arts correspondent, Vincent Dowd, says the changes have led to speculation that future winners are less likely to be white males who write in English.

Kenyans are once again hopeful that one of their famous sons, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, will win the prize.

Regraded as East Africa’s most influential writer, his novels include Wizard of the Crow, Petals of Blood, Weep Not Child, The River Between and the Grain of Wheat.

His son is confident that it could finally be his father’s time.


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