How to Write About Africa

I just wanted to share a little nugget with you here. I’m currently reading a book called One Day I Will Write About This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina. It’s a memoir of the author’s life as a young person in Africa and his experience in becoming a writer. It’s most interesting. I’m reading an advanced proof copy to review this book for Shelf Awareness, and I’ll be sure to post that review if-and-when it gets published.

Included with my advanced proof came a print-out of an article Wainaina had published in Granta magazine in 2005. I found it hilarious, and I want to share it with you. Here is How to Write About Africa.

I confess I’m looking for the same voice in the memoir now. It’s sort of adding a level to my reading. This can be good and bad; but I think in this case it’s just adding to my appreciation of Wainaina’s sense of humor.

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