Category: Blog

More Fishes Than Stars

I’m not too certain about many things. And I’m not sure who I am. I ain’t got no mother and no father. I’m slow like the trees when they grow. I’m sluggish, like the ocean when it moves.   Ben…

A Discussion on Starbook and Inspiration

When asked to shed light on the opening of Starbook, Ben Okri gives a typically whimsical response, “Artists, composers, when they work magic it’s because they make connections with that mysterious book among the stars. You could call it inspiration…

Ten and a Half Inclinations

Books are like Mirrors, Don’t just read the words, Go into the mirror. That’s where the real secrets are, inside, behind. That’s where the Gods dream, Where our realities are born. Ben Okri gives advice on what to read (and…

Ben Okri on Ayuba Suleiman Diallo

I am one on whom providence has worked its magic reversals. Behind me are silent stories, like a storm. I have worn History around my neck, like chains. Freedom is a difficult lesson to learn. I have tasted the language…

Mental tyranny

Ben Okri expounds and exalts “the genius of inner freedom” in this profound yet controversial article for The Guardian. From James Joyce to Homer, Okri argues that great literature transcends subject; the beauty of art giving the work a greater…

Ben Okri: Lines in Potentis

In 2006, visual artists Yeast Culture created an animated journey through Ben Okri’s words for this visual expression of his poem. Perhaps he will give us a live reading at Africa Writes too.

What are you reading? #Africawrites

So what are you reading right now? Is it African literature? If the answer is yes then join our conversation on Twitter! In the run up to Africa Writes we are keen to know who is the middle of, just…