Friday, 14 February 2014

Father of African Literature on “The story”

“It is only the story ... that saves our progeny from blundering like blind beggars into the spikes of the cactus fence. The story is our escort; without it, we are blind. Does the blind man own his escort? No, neither do we the story; rather, it is the story that owns us” – Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah, New York: Anchor Books, 1997, p. 114.

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1 comment:

  1. Story telling goes back centuries; on the African continent, it is especially rich, as it is in the areas of the Black Diaspora, especially Haiti. Indeed, oral folklore - along with what has been recorded on paper (thinking of the likes of Leo Frobenius and Zora Neale Hurston) do have a way of guiding us, and uniting us, both within our ethnic groups and and among ethnic groups, as people of the world.