Ghanaian writer Kwei Armah refreshes an old debate


The debate is not new. Chinua Achebe is considered to be one of the greatest writers coming from the African continent. His novel ‘Things fall apart‘ celebrates its 60th birthday this year. This should be cause for celebrations. But the Ghanaian writer Ayi Kwei Armah has some other opinions on the works of Chinua Achebe … Continue reading Ghanaian writer Kwei Armah refreshes an old debate

the top ten contemporary african writers


I could not find the date of publication of this article on African writers. It is a top ten of contemporary writers. Tops are always debatable. So is this one. I noticed Wole Soyinka is missing. He won a Nobel Prize for Literature, no mean achievement, in 1986. Or J.M Coetzee, who won the prize … Continue reading the top ten contemporary african writers

five african novels to read before you die


Think about the novels from your homecountry. Select five of them.  Impossible task? I can imagine.  Someone  advices five African novels to read before you die. Five novels from this immense continent, with so many languages and cultures and countries and  styles and diasporas. (Forget about Nobel Prize winners from the continent!!) I do not … Continue reading five african novels to read before you die

the 10 best african writers


One needs some courage to compile a list with the ten best African writers. Let us forget for the moment the proper definition of an “African Writer”.  The compiler of this list (professor John Masterton) did one easy step: he excluded Chinua Achebe. Maybe because everyone would have listed this Nigerian writer.