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Nii Ayikwei Parkes


Nii Ayikwei Parkes

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So if you are an English writer you are bringing the work to an African editor, so if you put in something that is derogatory, I might ask you why it’s there, whereas, someone else may not ask you.

I don't think I am qualified to be called a "Nigerian" writer. I am reluctant about the label only because I just don't think I fit the bill. I have written quite a bit about labels. Unlike a number of writers, I don't feel them to be "pigeon holing."


Tayari Jones

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Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo

Tayari Jones
Petina Gappah


Petina Gappah

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Emmanuel Sigauke


My main bookshop here had an African corner when I first arrived in 1999. What this meant was that you never just stumbled across an Okri or Achebe unless you went looking for them in the little corner next to travel and short stories. I thought it was dreadful, this parceling out of an entire continent and relegating it to the unpopular corner.




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