We need our own Nobel and an academy

Here is another episode in the yearly journey towards the declaration of the winner of the Novel Prize for Literature. As far as I know four / five / six writers from the African continent have won. The changing number depends on wether you want to count Albert Camus (pied noir) and Doris Lessing as well.

Now Zukiswa Wanner has followed the journey of Ngugi wa Thiong’0 and she has seen that there will be no Nobel Prize for Ngugi in 2017. But what about 2018? Should some big businessman, instead of buying a Premier League soccerclub, start a kind of Africa-alone Literary Prize, with lots of money and prestige?

What do you think? Personally I think withdrawing out of the global literary world and closing the curtains would be a step to the past. We should participate in global activities, because we are part of it !

Read the article by Wanner here.African need to start having conversations with our own Nobels who are alive in these times to consider doing some of these things for their home continent (Leonardo Cendamo/ Leemage)

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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.

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