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Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and Lewis Nkosi in African Writers Series Throwback (Video)

African Writers Series: Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Lewis Nkosi in Throwback 1964 video conversation between literati

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African Writers Series, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Lewis Nkosi, Throwback 1964 video

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.
Mister Johnson:

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
From 02:26
WOLE SOYINKA
From 03:30
CHINUA ACHEBE (Nigerian novelist)
From 04:28
OKONKWO; the hero of Achebe’s novel “Things Fall Aparf”
From 07:35
Philosophy of Negritude; an affirmation of the Black Man’s dignity
From 11:06
Joyce Cary; English novelist author of “Mr. Johnson”
From 14:01
Professor Abraham is a Ghanaian.

African Writers Series, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Lewis Nkosi, Throwback 1964 video