What is indeed laughable and embarrassing is how animals are to be taken more seriously than people. It was only three stories long, and fit on A6 size pages.
If you must include an African, make sure you get one in Masai or Zulu or Dogon dress. Big cats have public-school accents. Whichever angle you take, be sure to leave the strong impression that without your intervention and your important book, Africa is doomed.
Big places where history is still alive — like Russia, China, the Middle East — are to be feared and demonised. Always take the side of the elephant.
Just call her Mama. Or, better, naked dead bodies. Bad Western characters may include children of Tory cabinet ministers, Afrikaners, employees of the World Bank.
One of the challenges for African writers, says Wainaina, is getting funding. It's a very short, tongue-in-cheek reflection about Africa and the people who write about Africa.
You are a child of the human rights age. Aug 22, KenyanBibliophile rated it really liked it This was a fun read. The magazine publishes the work of writers from throughout the African continent. Hyenas are fair game and have vaguely Middle Eastern accents. Make sure you show that you are able to eat such food without flinching, and describe how you learn to enjoy it—because you care.
In one scene, the author travels along the Hudson River on a MetroNorth train, checking the news of the World Cup on his laptop as Togo takes the lead over South Korea. To find these numbers is not difficult: His writing is full-bodied and rich, describing a present-tense world in sensual, emotional, and psychological detail.
Avoid having the African characters laugh, or struggle to educate their kids, or just make do in mundane circumstances. It is not a surprise that, in these days, there is a vast and growing new middle class across the continent:.
In the 80s, your newspaper probably had correspondents in many African countries. Now there are two: west Africa, and east Africa (Horn). Or one: Africa, based in Johannesburg.
The biggest taboo in writing about Africa is to describe or show dead or suffering white people. Animals, on the other hand, must be treated as well rounded, complex characters. They speak (or grunt while tossing their manes proudly) and have names, ambitions and desires.
Africa is big: fifty-four countries, million people who are too busy starving and dying and warring and emigrating to read your book. The continent is full of deserts, jungles, highlands, savannahs and many other things, but your reader doesn’t care about all that, so keep your descriptions romantic and evocative and unparticular.
In 'How to Write About Africa', Wainaina dissects the cliché of Africa and the preconceptions dear to western writers and readers with ruthless precision.
In the same fashion, ‘My Clan KC’ undresses the layers of meaning shrouding the identity of the infamous Kenya Cowboy, while ‘Power of Love’ bemusedly recollec This trio of sharp-witted essays takes irony to a new level/5. Binyavanga Wainaina’s essay, “How To Write About Africa,” published inremains the most forwarded article in Granta’s history.
The laugh-out-loud-funny satire captured every recorded. In his essay "How to Write about Africa," published in Granta inBinyavanga Wainaina, 40, offers satirical advice to Westerners writing about Africa.Binyavanga wainaina how to write about africa grantax