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Ngugi wa Thiongo had a goal of not being associated with the English language and starting to write in his native language Gikuyu In his mind English in parts of Africa was like a process in wiping out the memories of pre-colonial cultures and history as well as putting in a new fashion of colonialism Ngugi wrote Decolonising the Mind with a mental state that of turning back to the roots of Gikuyu traditions This quote from summarizes his thoughts and beliefs A specific culture is not transmitted through lanuguage in its universality but in its particularity as the language of a specific community with a specific history Thiongo 15 The thought of language in our minds shouldnt be about everybodys doing it so that makes it ok No its about the keeping its meaning and importance in single groups Knowing the specifics of your culture is important As well as knowing your specifics of your language Their like two peas in a pod thats why it was important for Ngugi to write in his native tongue The debate about What is African literature Caused emotions to fly All the writers at this meeting were adapted to the language of the English folk So it was no flat line decision made this people had been washed by the English language and thats how it was to be But how important should our native tongue be to us For some people there is no choice but to live in a way that is custom for their environment Kind of like what Chinua Achebe said Is it right that a man should abandon his mother tongue for someone elses It looks like a dreadful betrayal and produces a guilt feeling But for me there is no other choice I have been given the language and I intend to use it We need language to communicate period It can be used to tell a story about one culture
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