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Monday, May 19th, 2014

Nigeria’s Catch 22: American style democracy will only throw up more more GEJ’s

There are so many problems in Nigeria, true. But it bears reiterating that we’ve not even correctly identified the biggest one of them… Our biggest problem is not the fact that we are an artificial country. Asides Japan and Somalia, I can’t think of many other “real” country. Our biggest problem is not Islam. Brunei,

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Chinua Achebe Revisiting Sweden

In October-November 1988, Chinua Achebe travelled through Scandinavia to launch the translations of his novel Anthills of the Savannah into Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish, and to meet readers, writers and academics, most of them well-known with his...

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

How to deal with reporters like Alex Preston

So journalist Alex Preston jetted into town from a posh Western capital. Alex Preston went to a Nigerian city of eerie silence, billowing clouds of dust, darkness and war. Alex Preston wrote a sexy story about a...

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

L’Afrique Est Un Pays

This past October was the Dutty Artz crew’s 6 year anniversary, so we decided to celebrate by releasing a compilation in the form of a series of four free geographically-oriented EPs with accompanying DJ mixes. The final edition...

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

The story of how the most famous portrait of a young Chinua Achebe was taken

When the great Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe died this April, one of the photographs used repeatedly to illustrate stories or obituaries was a portrait taken of him in 1959 by the American photographer Eliot Elisofon. It is...

Monday, June 24th, 2013

The left winger

“Me, for example, I’m a left winger, everyone knows that.”–Robert Bolaño, “The Return” It always seemed to me that the left legged player got a place in a football team for no other reason other than that he...

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Chinua Achebe: A Poet of Global Encounters

The first time I met Chinua Achebe I had just started teaching at Bard College, where I had been hired as Director of Africana Studies. I saw Chinua one evening at a campus event and nervously approached...

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Chinua Achebe The Writer Lives On

By Mukoma Wa Ngugi “Sir, I am very happy to finally meet you in person – I have read all your books,” a man gushed to my father, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi....

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Chinua Achebe 1930-2013

Age was respected among his people, but achievement was revered. As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could eat with kings.  – Things Fall Apart. It is not a surprise the amount of...

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Chinua Achebe reflects on Biafra, but for whom?

It is a long time already since the Biafran War (1967-1970) to write a memoir, and it makes me wonder how affective Chinua Achebe’s narrative in The Guardian is to his audience. Achebe’s new book, There Was...

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

A Room Adrift in London

Here in London we have been having a lot of trouble with pageants. After the riots last August, the state is hoping that summer plans – the Olympics, the Hackney festival – will be distraction from the...

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Branding Nigeria and Gay Rights

Last month the writer Chinua Achebe declined the Nigerian government’s attempt to name him a Commander of the Federal Republic. He had rejected the same award in 2004. Achebe’s main objection then was widespread state corruption. He...

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

‘The greatest issues in Africa’

If you are to ask me what are the greatest issues in Africa, I would say it is that people love, people fuck, people kiss, people speak. Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina talking to The Guardian Book Podcast.

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Music / “Francophone Africa’s Achebe”

In January this year Chimurenga Magazine proposed a soundtrack for Cheikh Hamidou Kane’s 1961 novel, L’Aventure Ambigue, which they dubbed “Francophone Africa’s answer to China Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. The songs selected here follow Samba Diallo’s journey...

Friday, June 10th, 2011

The Global Imagination of James Baldwin

In February this year a first-rate group of scholars gathered in New York City to debate the legacy of the twentieth century American writer and critic, James Baldwin (1924-1987). I missed the proceedings, titled “James Baldwin’s Global...

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Chinua Achebe on Nigeria: People who have lost the habit of ruling themselves

This is novelist Chinua Achebe on The New York Times op-ed page (in what is a grand mystery, the Times has a habit of asking novelists to write about African politics) earlier this month, writing about contemporary...

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The Paris Review on The Art of Fiction

The “Paris Review” has one of the best collections of interviews with authors–and A to Z list, all available online . Among the dozens and dozens of mostly white writers featured, I spotted only five black writers–the...

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Cricket is big in Nigeria

Much of whatever energy I have left after work and family goes to football, but I had to post this argument by Naija blogger, Jeremy Weate, including his description of the beautiful game–Sean Jeremy Weate Guest Blogger...

Monday, October 5th, 2009

WEEKEND LINKS: THE ZUMAS, FOOTBALL, SOMALI PIRATES, THE G20, WILDLIFE, BLK JKS, CHINUA ACHEBE

Here’s some things I did not have the time to blog about properly or link to this past week: * Barack and Michelle Obama had to pose 135 times with visiting dignitaries to the UN General Assembly...