Award-winning Kenyan author and activist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has emerged winner in the 31st Catalonia International Prize awards.
In a ceremony session that was chaired by the President of Catalonia, Quim Torra the author was honored by the Catalan government for his achievements in his literary works and his contribution towards advocating for the preservation of African traditions, culture, and languages.
Giving his speech during the event which took place on Thursday, September 3, Ngugi says that he received the good news in 2019 and was in a hospital bed after undergoing heart surgery in California.
According to him, the news was such a blessing and made him hopeful about life despite the fact that there was so much uncertainty in regard to his health condition.
“Just before they took me to the operating room, I wrote a will. Hence, when I received the news that I had been feted, I felt alive again, like I was being celebrated in the land of the living,” Ngugi stated. I was so happy that tears were balancing in my eyes,” he stated
In what came off as stiff competition, Ngungi beat 74 candidates from 35 different countries to take the prize in the 31st edition of the awards.
Over the years, the author has earned International recognition for his works and with multiple achievements, we agree that this was a well-deserved fete.
Apart from him, other notable personalities who previously received this award include; Bishop Desmond Tutu, activist Malala Yousafzai, Egyptian feminist Nawal al Sa Dawy, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, philosopher Karl Popper among others.
Some of the books written by Ngugi Wa Thiongo include; Weep Not, A Grain of Wheat, The River Between, Petals of Blood, Caitaani Mutharaba-ini, Mũrogi wa Kagogo among others.