Ngaahika Ndeenda is one of Ngugi’s most controversial pieces.
One of Ngugi Wa Thiongo’s most prolific and iconic plays, Ngaahika Ndeenda (I Will Marry When I Want), will be showing at the Kenya Natinal Theatre this month.
Ngaahika Ndeenda is one of the reasons Ngugi and his co-writer Ngugi wa Mirii were arrested and detained back in 1977. Set in post-independence Kenya, the play is a searing look at the legacies of colonialism and the difficulties Kenyans faced at the time. It was performed at Kamiriithu Educational and Cultural Center for six continuous weeks before it was shut down by the government. Class struggle is the main theme of the play. Tensions in post-colonial Kenya in regards to the worker/peasant population and the elite Kenyans are revealed in it, which is the biggest reason the authoritarian regime back then was not pleased with it.
Ngaahika Ndeenda is set to be staged in both Kikuyu and English from May 12th to May 29th at the Kenya National Theatre.
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