Author Archives: Ogo Okafor

Afropolitanism is BS and Books That Inspire Africa39 Writers

Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire The Africa39 project needs no introduction. Does it? I think African Books To Inspire however needs. In fact, requires. Most times, when writers are invited to speak on panels, to participate in conversations, it is about their…

OLUFEMI TERRY, WINNER 2010 CAINE PRIZE FOR AFRICAN WRITING: “DURING THE RECENT EBOLA OUTBREAK, MY THOUGHTS RETURNED AGAIN AND AGAIN TO A PENETRATIVE PASSAGE OF TEXT”

A contribution from our #100DaysofAfricanReads collaboration What are your ‘African Books to Inspire’?  Learning to Pray in the Age of Technique by Goncalo Tavares. I exploit a technicality in choosing Goncalo Tavares’ novel: he’s Angolan-born.  Learning to Pray possesses in spades an alienative…

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…

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