Ngugi wa Thiong’o set for lecture at Kisii University – Kisii County News

Ngugi wa Thiong’o set for lecture at Kisii University


The announcement that renowned scholar Prof Ngugi wa Thiong’o plans to visit Kisii University on August 31 has been received with excitement by students and staff from the institution.

On Tuesday, deputy vice chancellor Prof Maurice Amutabi revealed that the US-based novelist will be giving a lecture at the legendary Dr Sagini Hall on the last day of this month on matters diplomacy and good governance.

Students, led by chairman Rodgers Nyanumba, hailed the renowned author for sparing his busy schedule to address them as the means of motivating the learners.

“We are very happy that he (Ngugi) will be coming to our institution,” student leader Nyanumba said.

“The journey was long overdue and we are very motivated with the topic he will be covering. African nations are struggling with their leadership and as young leaders we should get advice from such academicians.”

The student family further expressed their concern about the alleged rampant tribalism in the institutions of higher learning and urged the conveners of the public lecture to include the vice so that it could be discussed by Prof Thiong’o.

“Ngugi has mingled with people from all walks of life and we think he is in a position to address tribalism in our institutions. We recently saw the University of Eldoret closed because of the same,” Nyanumba added.

Amutabi hailed the University of California at Irvine  professor ahead of his planned historic visit that will be the first of its kind outside Nairobi.


About African Interdisciplinary Studies Association Website

Prof. Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi is President of African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), a pioneer professional associaiton bringing together members from all disciplines in Africa and abroad. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who previously worked as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kisii University and also Director of Research and Professor in Peace and Strategic Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), 2010-2013. He has previously taught at Central Washington University, USA (2005-2010) in African Studies Programme and Moi University (1992-2000) in the Department of Development Studies and other public universities in Kenya. Prof. Amutabi holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in History and African Studies. He received his B.A (Hons) in 1989 in Political Science and History and M.A in 1991 from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Maurice Amutabi is co-editor of Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa: Five Decades of Misrule (with Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o) – in 2013. Amutabi also co-edited Africa after Fifty Years: Retrospections and Reflections (with Toyin Falola and Sylvester Gundona) in 2012. Amutabi is the author of The NGO Factor in Africa: The Case of Arrested Development in Kenya (New York: Routledge, 2006). Amutabi is co-author of Nationalism and Democracy for People-Centered Development in Africa (Moi University Press, 2000). He has also co-authored Foundations of Adult Education in Africa (Cape Town/Hamburg: Pearson/UNESCO, 2005). He has written two novels, Because of Honor (a novel on Islam in Africa) and These Good People (a novel on corruption in Africa). Amutabi is also the author of Nakhamuma Stories (a collection of short stories from the Abaluyia community of western Kenya). His chapters have appeared in over thirty books. His articles have appeared in several refereed and reputable journals such as African Studies Review, African Contemporary Cultural Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, International Journal of Educational Development; and Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. Amutabi has made presentations at over one hundred national and international conferences. Amutabi is the Vice-President of the Kenya Studies and Scholars’ Association (KESSA), Kenya’s premier research and academic organization. He is the editor-in-chief of Kenya Studies Review and Eastern Africa Journal of Humanities and Sciences. Prof. Amutabi has conducted extensive research on many issues of development. He has taught courses on peace and conflict and gender and development. He teaches in the PhD and Masters Programme in the Institute of Peace and Security Studies at Kisii University. He enjoys blogging and writing and is an avid sports fan, but does not support any of team, preferring to support the team that plays well.
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