Saturday, October 26, 2013
Don't tell African authors what they can and can't write about
Mukoma Wa Ngugi teaches at Cornell University and author of Black Star Nairobi, October 2013
An African literary canon is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because standing on the shoulders of writers such as Chinua Achebe, author of the archetypal African novel Things Fall Apart, and my father, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, I do not have to prove to myself or to the world that Africans can produce culture and philosophy. This is the blessing – the gift of taking so many things for granted.