Social media was awash with rumours that Kenyan writer and academician Ngugi wa Thiong’o had passed away on Thursday, December 16.
The news has since been debunked as fake. Thiong’o’s son, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, issued a statement saying that his father was doing well.
“Just got off the phone with pops, Ngugi Wa Thiongo and he is doing well – we shared a good laugh about his supposed demise. But good to see so many people caring,” Mukoma wrote on his Twitter page.
Ngugi is known for writing his books primarily in the Gikuyu language. His work includes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, ranging from literary and social criticism to children’s literature.
Some of the books he has written include; Weep Not, A Grain of Wheat, The River Between, Petals of Blood, Caitaani Mutharaba-ini, Mũrogi wa Kagogo among others.