Chris Abani: not just Things Fall Apart

In Africa, the complicated questions we want to ask about what all of this means has been asked from the rock paintings of the sand people through the Sunjatha epics of Mali to modern contemporary literature.  If you want to know about Africa, read our literature, and not just Things Fall Apart, because that would be like saying I’ve read Gone With the Wind and so I know everything about America.

from Nigerian writer Chris Abani‘s excellent TED talk, watchable here.

[Note: he uses one swear word; so if that gets you down, now you know.]

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