Enchantments from the Wizard: Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Postcolonial Imaginaries in Wizard of the Crow


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Languages & Linguistics


Ngugi wa Thiong'o's “Wizard of the Crow” is a novel decisively written to embody the imagination of Africa both in the twentieth and early part of the twenty-first centuries. This clearly accounts for its sheer volume (768 pages pages). In view of this, this study explores the various ramifications of the imaginaries invoked in the novel, which include nationhood and performance of power, gender, the representation of the public sphere, ecocriticism, HIV-AIDS, among others.