the father of African literature

Most of you know who your father is. Even in broken families his name is known, even though you may have little contact with him.

But who is the father of African literature?

You may think of Chinua Achebe who was the editor of the African Writers Series, and who published his books in this famous series.

Someone else may go back in time even further and mention the name of Sol. T. Plaatje from South Africa. Never heard of him? I have mentioned him before in one of my posts.

Emilia Elieva has come up with another name.

According to this writer Mongo Beti (1932 – 2001) is the father of it all. One of his many works is “Le pauvre Christ de Bomba”. 

 The recent publication by IUP of Cruel City (2013) by the renowned Cameroonian author Mongo Beti (born Alexandre Biyidi Awala, 1932 – 2001) can best be appreciated in the context of this programmatic endeavour. ILLUSTRATION | NATION

Who do you think is the father of African literature?

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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

5 thoughts on “the father of African literature

  1. I’m not sure one can talk of a father of African litterature. Efforts in that field seem a bit scattered to me. I would say (as a precursor) Camara Laye (l’enfant noir) or Leopold-Sedar Senghor of course.
    Have a great week-end


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