Ngugi wa Thiong’o, a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of California Irvine and the author of Petals of Blood, A Grain of Wheat, and Devil on the Cross, was assaulted by armed men at his home in Nairobi. His wife, Njeeri, was seriously injured and is now in the hospital. The attack occurred “only days after he returned from 22 years of self-imposed exile in the United States.” The police believe it was not politically motivated. Ngugi wa Thiong’o was jailed in Kenya back in 1978 after Petals of Blood was published.
Both the return of Ngugi wa Thiong’o and this incident have been getting a lot of press attention in Africa.