the origin of my beef with ali mazrui

What is the role of art in modern times?

For some art is detached from the mundane activities of man.

For others art is a tool for advancing ideologies or advancing welfare and justice.

Philip Ochieng has his ideas about it and he puts these ideas in the context of the writings of two fellow Kenyans: Ali Mazrui and Ngugi wa Thiong’o and the Nigerian Christopher Okigbo. 

Ali Mazrui, our best known political theorist, reached that “bourne” from which – according to William Shakespeare and Mark Twain – “no traveller ever returns”. ILLUSTRATION | JOHN NYAGAH

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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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