Shut up and write


Was Albert Camus an African writer? On my pages he counts as one. Born and raised in Algeria during the colonial days he is one of the guys, according to me. But some one born and raised in the United States with Nigerian parents?  The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was asked the question: Are … Continue reading Shut up and write

THE THING AROUND YOUR NECK


This book is a collection of twelve stories written by the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Most of these stories have been published before, some under another title, one has even been published twice before finding itself in this collection.  Let me state first that I have enjoyed these stories very much. They have been … Continue reading THE THING AROUND YOUR NECK

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins PEN Pinter prize


Harold Pinter was a famous British dramatist. His name is attached to an important prize. Now this prize has been awarded to the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In this article you will read more about this prize and the reasons for awarding it to Chimamanda.  

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie uses the mispronunciation of African names


It can be hard to pronounce English names. For instance when your mother tongue does not differentiate between ‘b’ and ‘p’ and ‘v’ in the way Cambridge born and educated people do? The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talked about the reverse journey. How do people with firm European roots pronounce names from Nigeria. In … Continue reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie uses the mispronunciation of African names

The fading use of indigenous languages in African households


One of the topics in discussing literature emanating from the African continent is the use of language. Should we use the language of our former colonizers or should we use indigenous languages? This question of language is not only relevant in the field of literature but also relevant in the field of everyday life, for … Continue reading The fading use of indigenous languages in African households