Nigerian novelist says he resists the tag ‘very, very strongly’ because it obscures the role of many other writers.

To some degree, I agree with him. He states,

“It’s really a serious belief of mine that it’s risky for anyone to lay claim to something as huge and important as African literature … the contribution made down the ages. I don’t want to be singled out as the one behind it because there were many of us – many, many of us.”

It is a huge title to carry. True, his novel Things Fall Apart was essentially the one that set the stage for the world’s recognition of African literature. However, modern African literature, as we see it today, encompasses the contributions of so many.

I can imagine there are lots of opinions on this. What’s your take?

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