Ask an African of my generation – people born in the 50s,60s, and 70s – and chances are that for many of us, our views on Africa’s best writers of all time will narrow to a few renown authors such as Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Nadine Gordimer and others of their time.
Albert Chinualumgu Achebe best known as Chinua Achebe is, without doubt, one of Africa’s most successful writers of all time. Born in 1930 in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe hails from the Igbo community. A renowned critic, poet and novelist, Achebe has had an influence on African writing, extending far beyond his own personal success.
African publishers and writers must move fast to embrace the new brave world of ebooks, and learn new ways to reach global audiences, using technology and social media.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in 1977 in Enugu, a town in South eastern Nigeria. As a writer, Adichie enjoys the rare distinction of having won international literary awards for her first two novels.