‘I was nearly shot because I couldn’t speak my dad’s language’

‘Who are we in the face of false constructs?’ … Sam Frenchum plays Meursault in Ben Okri’s The Outsider, at the Coronet.Ben Okri has made a name for himself as writer, based in The United Kingdom, with his Nigerian roots. Now he is making a name for his adaptation of a famous novel by the French-Algerian writer Albert Camus. He turned the novel into a play. He wanted to stress the situation of the Arab with no name. He wanted to give the man a name, but did he succeed? 

I thought of the Algerian writer Kamel Daoud who wrote a book from the perspective of the Arab man, titled “Meusault, contre-enquête”. 

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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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