Essay: Post-colonial Theory


Welcome to our final essay assignment, Essay #3: Post-colonial Theory. In this essay, you’ll explore “the language question” and take a position on Ngugi’s thesis in Decolonising the Mind.


In a thesis-driven, highly analytical essay, critique Ngugi’s assertion that African authors—to craft “authentically” African literature—must write in an African language.


Do you agree with Ngugi? What are some of the limitations of his suggestion that problematize his definition of African literature? Finally, although Ngugi concerns himself with African literature in a post-colonial context, because his ideas are rooted in a more general theory of language, his assertions have unexpected implications for all uses of language, even day-to-day, nonliterary ones. What are some of these implications? How can we apply what we’ve learned from Ngugi in our own lives? Explain.


  • 12 pt. Times New Roman font
  • MLA style throughout, including a complete and correct works cited page
  • Heavy analysis (only minimal summary)
  • At least one scholarly, outside source
Read chapter 1 of Ngugi’s Decolonising the Mind.

watch my Intro to Ngugi’s Decolonising the Mind Zoom