Arrupe College: Remembers playwright Ngugi wa Mirii
James Ocholi SJ plays an excerpt from Ngugi's I will Marry when I want
The month of October has been, as usual, a packed period of the semester. Apart from the usual vigorous academic exploits, the various departments have been engaged in various activities outside the classroom. On 18th October 2016, Arrupe College hosted an event in honour of renowned playwright Ngugi wa Mirii, showcasing his life, literary works, and his contribution to the cultural life of Zimbabwe.
The event, organized by the Centre for African Studies at Arrupe, intended to bring together players in the arts industry to a podium discussion on his contribution to the arts industry in Zimbabwe. The speakers hence included his former colleagues at the Ministry of Culture, a theatre group he founded, fellow activists among several other writers and literature lovers.
Ngugi wa Mirii (1951 –2008) was born in Kenya, he moved to Zimbabwe in 1982 where he lived in exile until his death in 2008. He is famously known for his play, I will marry when I want, co-authored with Ngugi wa Thiong'o. Ngugi's family donated a chunk of his books to the African collection of the library at Arrupe College, and currently two members of his family are full time students at Arrupe College.
This is one of the several events that the Centre of African Studies at Arrupe has organized in an effort to solidify critical reflection on the African experience, as a part of the wider philosophy program that responds to African realities.
The Centre has also striven to create a space for dialogue and discussion on various issues that affect the continent at this particular point in time and how these issues can be integrated into the reflection that forms the academic life at Arrupe.
Tobias Dindi Ong'aria, SJ
Uchuchukwu Oguike SJ plays an excerpt from Ngugis I will Marry when I want