New African Fiction


Made in Africa: seven publishers changing the African fiction publishing scene

In a recent New York Times article, Nigerian writer Tricia Nwaubani argued that Western publishers still determine the type of African story to be published and this is often for Western eyes. This is Africa’s Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire looks at the other side of the coin through the Made in Africa II series, where he talks to seven publishers at the centre of the growth of new African Literature made on and for the continent.

For many, Nwaubani’s article says so much truth. The most renown names in African Literature in Western media are those whose work has been published in the West. Some indeed became famous in Africa and have been applauded only after their works were published and praised in the West. One can risk to speculate that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the typical African writer, praised and published in the West, and with a wider Western readership than an African one. Despite her eloquent criticism of the production of a single stereotypical story about Africa by the West, it is hard to imagine Chimamanda as a literary star without putting the West’s literary infrastructure in the picture.

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,June 20, 2015.

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