How not to write about Africa


I'm working on my young adult sci-fi/fantasy novel - Joshua N'Gon the Last Prince of Alkebulahn and Africa plays a pivotal role in it. I came across this video sometime ago and I think subconsciously it has guided me on how I handle material that deals with the motherland.

The poem is written by Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina, who is is a Kenyan author, journalist and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. In April 2014, Time magazine included Wainaina in its annual TIME 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World.

Djimon Hounsou reads and it is a powerful guide in the avoidance of cliches attributed to the continent.

Hope it helps.






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