Tuesday, November 28, 2006

CELEBRATING NIGERIAN WOMEN WRITERS

Guest Blogger on Bella Naija

Today's blog is actually on another blog. Cute. This week Bella Naija is featuring other bloggers. Check my post out today on Celebrating Nigerian Women Writers. From Zulu Sofola, Flora Nwapa to Chimamanda Adichie and Sefi Atta women are penning their thoughts and giving us great literature. Check it out, leave a comment there and if you would also like to continue the dialogue here you are more than welcome to do so. Again remember to get someone a book this Christmas along with whatever gadgets you get them. Books are priceless and most of all highly valuable because they contain knowledge. And when you do get one don't just let it be a block and decorate your house, share the knowledge and pass it around (all you borrowers sef u need to return books and not stain it with soup o. I am still looking for who has my Purple Hibiscus)

12 comments:

Bella Naija said...

Thank u for the guest blog girl!
MUAH!

Yetty/Icy said...

Nice write up babz. RAWK on!

Adaure said...

@ Bella... you are most welcome dear

@Icy... thanks a buncha missy

sokari said...

I posted a comment on Bella Naija yesterday in response to Uzo's statement "I am an avid reader and i actually just bought Diane Evans'26a. diane is half nigerian so she might be worth adding to your list".

My comment doesnt appear on the comments list - it is possible I made an error in posting or it hasnt yet been checked for approval so just in case I will repeat here what I said.

I took issue with the statement "Diane is half Nigerian so SHE MIGHT be WORTH adding to your list". I find this statement offensive and undermines Diana Evans who has recently visited Nigeria and has had her book launched in the country. I do not know Ms Evans but I do know myself. I spent the first 20 years plus of my life in Nigeria and continue to visit there regularly. Nonetheless it is this attitude that somehow because you have one parent who is non-Nigerian you have to justify yourself as Nigerian and face constant questioning on the issue such as "she might be worth....". I happen to have dual nationality but even if I did not and only had a "foreign" passport, does that make me any the less Nigerian than my father? Personally I dont see myself as half of anything and would like to know how I should divide myself into any two halves. In this instance it is divisive and non-inclusive and that is the issue.

It saddens me that something I went through 20 years ago still continues today and people still have to question peoples nationalities and identities. On the basis of Uzo's comments then it becomes a debate whether or not I "might be worth" including myself as part of the Nigerian or even African blogosphere!

Naija Vixen said...

Guud to see another book lover;-)...luvv ur blog...keep doing big things!!!

Adaure said...

Sokari-- thanks for your comment it is quite an interesting POV. I will have to disagree with you on some points. I am sure Uzo did not men that statement in a dereogatory sense, I am sure he/she just wanted to give a valid reason (one that was not obvious to me without stating the facts) to include her on the list of 'Nigerian WOmen Writers'. I don't know Diana Evans, never read her book or heard of her but I stumbled upon her profile on Cassava Republic. I read the blurb on her book and contemplated adding it based on that-- but no where on there did a bio indicate whether she was Nigerian (quarter, half or otherwise) or even lived in Nigeria or had Nigerian parents. I didn't want to assume she was Nigerian just because she was on a Nigerian publisher's website. Hence my flippant dismissal since my article was about 'Nigerian Women Writers.'
There is a place and time for everything. Not that it should matter or that it takes anything away, but there are times that call for people to educate the world on their diversity and there are times where it is not neccessary and speaks for itself. In my opinion if I had read something that suggested to me during my scouring the net that Diana Evans had any link to Nigeria (and didn't just write a book about biracial nigerian in london, which could have been entirely made up or based on a friends experience)perhaps I would have listed her as someone to watch out for or say something to that effect to make raise curiosity about her book. In this case it was neccessary to find a link not just assume and if that is not celebrated how are people to know. If i go by what you prescribe, then writers need not explain on their book-cover that they are this and that and went to school here and there and lived here and there and all that should not factor because their book is good. That is just plain boring and as i am now, unless (even if) it is a school assignment, I will never read a book without knowing first the back ground of the writer or where he is coming from (i'll only make an exception when it comes to M&B.. i don't care about the writers, just the drama).

I don't understand what it is like to have people guessing what race you are or who your parents are. I couldn't imagine how distressing it is but I have heard storeis. The same applies when I know that people try to guess and place my accent or my country when I am just as American as they are (by legal definition). It is not the same thing but sometimes it is worth explaining that I my diversity. Does it take anything away from me...NO. But it may raise interest (and since this is america, might be a turn off to close minded, prejudist, bigots of which there are plenty) but intrest all the same.

Now that we have had this exchange and I have looked her up, I am quite interested in Diana Evans and will add her to my booklist. I'll read the book and may be talk about it in PART TWO of this post.

That's my two cents

Oyin said...

Adau, That was a dollar, not two cents!! :)

kulutempa said...
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kulutempa said...

i second that, oyin.
i also sort of agree with adaure. i mean, fair enough, it probably wasn't the best way to describe Evans' importance to Nigerian literature by talking about her "worth" according to her genealogy, but it's important to think about intent when one reads anything, and to pick our battles. nigerians are just proud of other nigerians (most of the time), and for those of us in the diaspora, we just eat up everything positive to do with other nigerians. and because we sometimes close ourselves off to other cultures that we find less agreeable for one reason or another, this word "worth" comes to bear yet another meaning. my point? it probably wasn't intended to be as offensive as it was taken. let's all just get along :).

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

nice write up.

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