Mas­ter your eth­nic lan­guages first, Ngugi urges

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

Lit­er­ary icon Ngugi wa Thiong’o (pic­tured) has warned Kenyans against en­slave­ment if they aban­don their eth­nic lan­guages at the ex­pense of other lan­guages.

He spoke when he presided over the First An­nual Ki­wimbi-Amagoro Book Fes­ti­val in Teso North sub­county on Satur­day. Ngugi urged Kenyans to grasp their lan­guages be­fore mas­ter­ing oth­ers.

“If you mas­ter your lan­guage first and learn oth­ers later, that is em­pow­er­ment. When you learn other lan­guages at the ex­pense of your own, that is en­slave­ment,” he said.

Ngugi urged Kenyans to write sto­ries in their lan­guages to pro­mote their cul­ture. “Na­tional cul­tures should be rooted in ev­ery vil­lage with a book cen­tre.” He watched his play

per­formed in Teso lan­guage by stu­dents Vic­tor Pa­pai and Bar­bara Mbone.

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