The top West African diaspora authors you must read


According to this article this is the top in writing with its origin in West Africa. All these writers are no longer living in West Africa but have moved, some at a young age, to other pastures.  Many are now living in the United States of America. The majority of the writers mentioned has Nigerian … Continue reading The top West African diaspora authors you must read

How to move between realities


The Nigeria-born writer Akwaeke Emezi has recently published her book Freshwater. In this novel she takes a deep plunge into her background as an Ibo-woman who looks at the Igbo ontology and ideas about life and living. This ontology has never been away, it was nearby, sometimes hidden, sometimes competing with other ideas on ontology. … Continue reading How to move between realities

The Ms. Q&A: Akwaeke Emezi on Freshwater and Finding Home


The multicultural writer Akwaeke Emezi is working on a long term project concerning parts of her roots in the Igbo tradition from southern Nigeria. She is working on books that present the worldview in which the the spirit ogbanje features prominently. Her debut novel is Freshwater and in this interview she talks and answers.    … Continue reading The Ms. Q&A: Akwaeke Emezi on Freshwater and Finding Home

Writers of color are making their own canon


There seem to be two kinds of writers. On one side we have the writers of color and on the other side we have the writers of non-color.  Black and white are not colors, so black and white writers to one side and all the others to the other side. Do I confuse you, or … Continue reading Writers of color are making their own canon

The 2017 Commonwealth short story


Last month the people came together, all invited. Writers and diplomats, just to name a few. The selection of the continental representative had been made already. From Africa the Nigerian writer Akwaeke Emezi was nominated with her book Who is like God. She did not become the overall winner, but she did us proud. Look … Continue reading The 2017 Commonwealth short story