Gikuyu. His work includes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, ranging from literary and social criticism to children's literature. He is the founder and editor of the Gikuyu-language journal Mũtĩiri.
Awards and honours
- 1973 Lotus Prize for Literature
- Nominated for the Man Booker International Prize
- 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award (finalist Autobiography) for In the House of the Interpreter
- University of Dar es Salaam, Honorary doctorate in Literature, November 2013