Can English adequately express the postcolonial experience in Africa?

An essay I wrote in 2018 for an MA: English Literature program

Thiong’o’s text “Decolonising the Mind”

In 1986, Kenyan author and decolonial activist, Ngugi wa Thiong’o wrote a book publicising his ‘farewell to the English language as a vehicle of [his] writings of plays, novels and short stories’ (Ngugi, 1994). In this text, Decolonising the Mind, Ngugi argues for a reversion to one’s…