Have them illuminate something about Europe or America in Africa. Bad Western characters may include children of Tory cabinet ministers, Afrikaners, employees of the World Bank. An extract, that is. Wainaina tackles stereot This was a fun read.
If you work for one of the major newspapers, or television and radio services, chances are you live in Nairobi or Johannesburg. These organisations speak human rights, and because they do so, we know that they are good, objective and truthful.
The Modern African is a fat man who steals and works in the visa office, refusing to give work permits to qualified Westerners who really care about Africa. Never, ever say anything negative about an elephant or a gorilla. Nobody from China asks, nobody from Cuba, nobody black, blackish, brown, beige, coffee, cappuccino, mulatte.
In general, a forty minute read worth of tongue-in-cheek reflection about Africa and the people who write about Africa or want to be a part of it.
Have you been to Abuja, they asked? We are real to them, and we have a platform to talk. He also talks about characters when writing about Africa.
Broad brushstrokes throughout are good. Or, better, naked dead bodies. She must never say anything about herself in the dialogue except to speak of her unspeakable suffering. Africa, based in Johannesburg. Broad brushstrokes throughout are good.
The magazine publishes the work of writers from throughout the African continent.
Each writer blogged about the experience and used the trip as the basis for a 30,word travelogue to be published in four African countries in She was in Kenya to teach the people of some peri-urban location how to use a condom.
The mindless loyal servant, the Ancient wise man who only comes from specific tribes, the modern African who is highly educated and works a government job which he uses either to keep white people out or to enrich himself. If you must include an African, make sure you get one in Masai or Zulu or Dogon dress.
Your hero can teach them, bathe them, feed them; he carries lots of babies and has seen Death. I had not mentioned anyone by name, but he was personally affronted. We get an influx of images and sensations, a multifaceted view of a country, a continent, and, above all, a person.
To view it, click here. He takes low swipes at the colloquial language that many writers use when describing what Africa is. An AK, prominent ribs, naked breasts: The device seems minimalistic but says a lot about how classes and racial stereotypes are perpetuated.A GRANTA 92 | ESSAYS | BINYAVANGA WAINAINA How to Write about Africa ShareThis | DISCUSSION (38) This article was originally published in Granta How to Write About Africa.
The classic article by Binyavanga Wainaina. It’s even more relevant now. (via Xeni). How to write about Africa by Binyavanga Wainaina some tips: sunsets and starvation are good (from Granta The View from Africa).
Always use the word ‘Africa’ or ‘Darkness or ‘Safari’ in your title. —How to Write About Africa, Binyavanga Wainaina Say the words ‘Kenyan Literature’, and you might instantly think of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, or perhaps Meja Mwangi.
Both are luminaries of contemporary African literature who are published worldwide, and their success is, of course, entirely deserved. Binyavanga Wainaina's essay 'How to Write About Africa' uses humor, satire and irony to expose the many clichés and stereotypes used by Western writers in their treatment of Africa.
warm virgin forests. If you are a woman, treat Africa as a man who wears a bush jacket and disappears off into the sunset. Africa is to be pitied, worshipped or dominated.
Whichever angle you take, be sure to leave the strong impression that without your intervention and your important book, Africa is doomed.
In the 80s, your newspaper probably had correspondents in many African countries. Now there are two: west Africa, and east Africa (Horn). Or one: Africa, based in Johannesburg. In the 80s, the world's future was not secure.
Some African countries were on one side of power, some on the other side of power. They could not be ignored.Download