Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o has become the first writer to be nominated for the prestigious International Booker Prize as both author and translator. He is also the first nominee to write in an indigenous African language.
Veteran Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o has recently been nominated for the prestigious 2021 International Booker Prize for his novel The Perfect Nine. His nomination is a historic one in several notable ways. Firstly, he is the first writer to ever be nominated in the categories of both author and translator. Additionally, he is the first nominee ever to have written a work in an indigenous African language—Gikuyu, the native language of millions of Kenyans in the central parts of the country.