Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chinelo Okparanta

A new star is about to be born. Or, is it already there, trying to make its way among the constellation? I think, (at least judging from this picture) the star is already up there. Just look up.

A piece of her mind:
"Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart was very inspirational to me as a child. In a scary way. Indeed things do fall apart, and I find that I continue to obsess over the different ways in which they do. These days I’m not so concerned with the ways in which we’ve been sabotaged. These days, I’m more interested in the ways in which we sabotage ourselves."

I love this. This move away from the Achebean past. This introspection. Bring it on, girl. You have a fan here.


  1. Yes i love this book. I also like Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I love international writers.

    Regina Neequaye
    Author of 360 Degrees

  2. Wow. I love this interview! And I really enjoyed the story that is up on that site. Runs Girl. Very sad story. Who is this Okparanta? Where can I find more of her work? Yes, bring it on, girl!


  3. wel thats great let us work together and teach the world that africa is a continent rich in everything ranging from commerce to education

  4. Okparanta has a new story out in Subtropics entitled "Fairness." You can read it online. It's pretty good. Another one in Conjunctions, the magazine at Bard College. That one's entitled "Story, Story!" Haven't read that one yet.