African Writers Series: Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Lewis Nkosi in Throwback 1964 video conversation between literati
Here is a throwback interview between Achebe and two other titans of African literature, Lewis Nkosi and Wole Soyinka.
The insightful interview include Achebe discussing being “inspired” by Irish writer Joyce Cary’s Mister Johnson, a novel about Nigeria.
He states: “but not in the usual way… I happened to read it, I think in my second year [at university], and I said to myself, This is absurd.
And if somebody without knowledge—without any inside knowledge—of the people he’s trying to describe can get away with it, perhaps I ought to try my hand.”
Chinua Achebe also discusses a recent trip to the US, during which he met Langston Hughes and John Killens, and gives his take on Eurocentric views regarding Africa.
6 key moments in this video
CHINUA ACHEBE (Nigerian novelist)
OKONKWO; the hero of Achebe’s novel “Things Fall Aparf”
Philosophy of Negritude; an affirmation of the Black Man’s dignity
Joyce Cary; English novelist author of “Mr. Johnson”
Professor Abraham is a Ghanaian.