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On our October 1, 2014 Program:
“Challenges of African Writers and Motivational Speakers”
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” stands out as one of the great African novels. But more importantly, it also inspired many African writers to start writing their own stories. In addition to Achebe, literary giants like Wole Soyinka and Mariama Bâ created a legions of readers from beyond the borders of the continent that brought a sense of what it meant to be an African. According to the director of the African Writers Trust, Goretti Kyomuhendo, a great African novel is one that is accessible and one that people can relate to. In recent years, however, many authors and writers on the continent are questioning the future of African literature, due to the changing patterns in international publishing in the new digital age. The pressure to earn a living has many African writers turning to commercial writing, and in so doing, the creative edge and identity is lost to the market mix and the demands of business.
Join us for this live, 60-minute television and radio call-in simulcast, when host Shaka Ssali and his guests will examine contemporary literary trends and new perspectives on publishing in Africa.
Washington Studio Guest:
Eric James Shigongo
Tanzanian Journalist, Motivational Speaker, and Publisher
and Author of “How to Move From Poverty to Success”
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How do you feel about African authors writing to contemporary trends of the West, to attract publishing and a broader audience beyond the continent?
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