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Why does it have to be “owned?” It is African Literature. It just is. There really is no owner. That is simply how I see it. Maybe I should have a more complicated answer but I don’t. I would love to hear other views. That is why it just pains me to have missed a recent discussion among three African writers on that very topic. Granted, this discussion happened at Penn State University’s University Park campus, a 200 mile drive from where I live; I would have been there if I had known about it earlier.  Imagine my sheer delight, finding a blog post about the event!

Helon Habila

Helon Habila

Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday, November 9th three African writers engaged in the discussion of who owns African literature. The three writers, Helon Habila, Binyavanga Wainaina and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, each had ten minutes to discuss who they considered to own African literature. Read more here.

Thank you CULTURE MINING!

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wesley_largeLiberian poet Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, author of  The River is Rising, will share selections from her work at the Washington, DC metro area’s Fall for the Book Festival.

The reading will be held  on Saturday September 19, 2009 2 p.m. at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.

Also sharing from her work at this event is South African poet Gabeba Baderoon, author of A Hundred Silences.

I will be there. Most who know me know that authors are my celebrities of choice. They are my rock stars. I will jump through hoops to meet them. Two African authors at one event is, in my book,  just divine.