February 13, 2013 One of Kenya's most famous citizens is author and professor Ngugi wa Thiong'o. His criticism of that nation's post-colonial government led to his arrest and eventual exile. But he says he can't be knocked down. Host Michel Martin talks with Ngugi about his new memoir, In the House of the Interpreter.
December 12, 2012 Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka was the first black African to win the Nobel Prize in literature, in 1986. He tells NPR's Michel Martin that the best part about it was the money. His latest work, Of Africa, is a study of the continent that has dominated his career.
October 18, 2012 Spencer West lost his legs because of a genetic disorder when he was just 5 years old. But that hasn't stopped him from great athletic endeavors, like climbing the highest peak in Africa. West joins host Michel Martin to talk about his memoir, Standing Tall.