Nigerian Writers need West’s Nod to Suceed – Daily Dispatch

I saw an article in the Daily Dispatch (South Africa) that interested me so much and as such, found it necessary to pass it on to my cherished readers.

As we see from the title, the article basically talks about how the Nigerian writer is trapped in the hands of the West in order to make a name as a writer, or become famous, or get a wider readership and be able to sell their books.

The article-picture for this article is that of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, of whom the writer on many occassions used her body of works to support the article.

In one of the paragraphs, the writer states: ‘While Nigeria serves as a muse, many of these new authors must live abroad or tap into Western networks to earn a living from their writing.’

The writer supports most of the points raised by the voices of some promininent Nigerian writers. For instance, according to Nigerian author Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, ‘Unfortunately, no matter how well the book is written, writers who come into prominence, come into prominence because they are recognised by the West.’

The article ends with the voice of Chinelo Onwualu, the editor at Cassava Republic based in Nigeria. She said, ‘It’s really tough publishing in Nigeria right now, but once smebody discovers that golden formula to make it work in our environment, some very exciting things are going to take place.’

To read the full article, please get a copy of the Daily Dispatch of Tuesday, January 31, 2012.

One Response to Nigerian Writers need West’s Nod to Suceed – Daily Dispatch

  1. Is it only a Nigerian problem? It’s the problem for most Africans. And again it is not even limited to writers but since we’re talking about books we can keep it there. You’re never good until you get published out there and appear in the Guardian et al. To me that’s bullshit. Teju Cole was made to look as if Open City was his first novel. Why? because the first was published in Nigeria. Isn’t that funny? And the writer accepted that. It’s pathetic.


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