Literature should be taken to the street. That is where, in Africa, it must be. The path of literature is the assured way to human salvation and to civilisation. I hail the power of the pen. – Ken Saro-Wiwa
Literature is for everybody. It does not need professors and teachers. Yet there are teachers who inspire generations of children to read.- Doris Lessing
Bread, justice, and the bread of the heart – which is the beauty of literature: these are all our business in Africa’s 21st century.- Nadine Gordimer
Our literature ought to seek to move away from an easy preoccupation with demonstrating the obvious existence of oppression. It exists. The task is to explore how and why people can survive under such harsh conditions.- Njabulo Ndebele
Literature will always be informed by people and it will always inform people.- Mongane Wally Serote
Literature in English is still dominated by writers who come from a monolingual background. So I’m excited about the possibility of using English as it’s spoken by people who move easily from one tongue to another – from one way of being to another. Put it this way: I’m more and more disinterested in writing in the kind of English that cannot cope outside its clime.- Binyavanga Wainaina
culled from bookslive
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