Writers do not stay in their ivory tower. They move in the same world as we, readers, do. They do their shopping, they watch telly, they have an opinion about many things, just as we have.
Some writers make their opinion on politics known. They write about it. They make it part of their novels. They speak their mind in interviews.
Boubacar Boris Diop is one of them. He is a novelist from Senegal. He is referred to as an intellectual. I do not know if this is aa profession, like being a writer, novelist, poet.
What do you for a living?
I am an intellectual!
Diop gives his thoughts on the French intervention in Mali.