I'm looking to read A Grain of Wheat, by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. However, I'm very unfamiliar with the history and culture of Kenya, to the point where I know practically nothing about it.
But I do know this: that the history of Kenya is long and complicated, and the culture of Kenya is, well, a culture. Absorbing it all before reading this book seems a little unnecessary, bordering on impossible.
My question, then, is: what should I already know (or familiarize myself with) before going into this book? Do I need geopolitical context? What key elements of Kenyan culture and history should I read about before I pick up this book?