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Author Q&A Series


Being an avid reader of Nigerian and African literature, I have always been interested in finding out ¬†how authors come to be, how they approach their craft, and, most of all, how like the rest of us they are. It is this interest – part curiosity, part awe – that has inspired me to track down some of Africa’s best writers, and begin the Author Q&A.

See the series so far:

Helon Habila – On strangers bearing tales, bad poetry, and the return of Christ.

Tonikan Onwordi – On infidelity and epiphanies in foreign lavatories.

Chika Unigwe – On nostalgia and Alastair Campbell’s endorsement.

Alisa Ahlam – On Ayaan Hirsi, dinner dates with Hemingway and being Muslim Sex And The City.

Chinelo Okparanta – On glossophobia, overcoming the temptation of Adichie’s literature, and the bum-expanding implications of writing

Lola Shoneyin – On Mad Magazine, being published in Hebrew, and resurrecting the yam pounder.

Myne Whitman – On stuffy collars in Ivory Towers, characters spewing philosophy, and The Road that remains Famished.

Jude Dibia – On emotional truth, a writer’s stubborness and a salesperson’s epiphany

Diana Evans – On wrestling the beast of plot and Amy Winehouse’s encore

Unoma Azuah – On querying God, children’s fiction, and bankable literature.

Billy Kahora – On bad behaviour, Binyavanga Wainana, and quantity surveying

Noo Saro-Wiwa – On eavesdropping in buses, ancient hominids, and BBC Book of the Week

Chibundu Onuzo – On infant recollections, selective amnesia, and dying to make a classic

Nnedi Okorafor – On dyslexia, unpleasant classics and Whoopi Goldberg

Victor Ehikhamenor – On misquoting the Bible, avoiding Islam and the art of letter writing

Tolulope Popoola – On losing her way, rediscovering self, and conquering her fear

Kenechi Udogu – On world-building, the sticky middle, and been trapped in a teenage mind