Matigari is a novel by Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. The story is an allegorical tale inspired by the rampant corruption, government oppression, and human rights abuses of 1970s Kenya. The story follows a protagonist named Matigari, who challenges his oppressive government and seeks truth and justice for his people. Although Matigari initially embraces non-violence as a path of resistance, events disillusion him. For better or worse, he eventually becomes convinced that violent resistance is necessary. The novel explores themes such as colonialism, religion, state authority, and storytelling.