Category: Blog

The Simpsons Namedrop Ben Okri

An author knows they’ve hit the big time when they are namedropped in The Simpsons. Ben Okri has truly made the crossover between African literature and popular culture and comfortably inhabits both spaces as The Famished Road is gifted to…

Storytelling and Science

Ben Okri contends that the oldest technology in the world is… Storytelling. “We are storytelling beings” and even our most rational and calculated thought is far better represented as a narrative: Einstein made relativity accessible by the story of two…

Translation in Africa: The Translated Book Awards Longlisters

Forever supplying us with lists of newly published and newly found talent, blogger Bookshy has opened up a whole new world of African authors usually left inaccessible to the strict Anglophones among us. In digging through the archives of the…

Ben Okri on the Late Chinua Achebe

“He was a man who answered the questions of his times, the times in which he found himself, in tough, brief, elegant novels and in doing that actually helped to create a language of literature in which many of us…

Okri Engraved on the Memorial Gates, London

Only free people can make a free world. Infect the world with your light. Help fulfil the golden prophecies. Press forward the human genius. Our future is greater than our past.   The last four lines of Ben Okri’s poem,…

What’s your African book to inspire?

Do you want to feature on the #Africawrites blog? You can if you share your book of inspiration with us! In the lead up to our live African Books to Inspire evening, hosted by journalist Hannah Pool, we want to…

An avid reader perusing the bookshelves at Africa Writes 2014

Five lists of African literature we love

Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart. Wole Woyinka. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. These are the familiar writers and book titles that feature on African literature lists.  It’s hardly surprising since they are among the greats – and we are of course big fans…