The New York Times published “A Valentine’s Day Reading List” which included a quiz, but omits any character or book from the African literary tradition. These lists usually include a token mention of Achebe or Adichie, for which we are meant to be eternally grateful. I suppose the drafters of the NYT quiz couldn’t recall any romance in books by these two writers. (How can they? Since even Achebe gets mentioned way more than he is actually read.😒)
In response, the scholar Grace A. Musila started #LoveInLiteraryAfrica on Twitter. It turned into a fantastic conversation and a celebration lasting many days covering books, short stories, non-fiction, scholars and music.
Bookshy has Storifyed quite a lot of the conversation under:
Lots of books are mentioned so do check out the Storify. Add some to your reading list. (Time and energy permitting, I may make a list of all the books mentioned).
With many thanks to Grace Musila and all those who contributed to the conversation. Feel free to add to the convo on #LoveInLiteraryAfrica.
For those celebrating: Happy Valentine’s Day
A good reading day for all!