how can a country full of some of the best educated people with amazing legacies be led by illiterates?”
If that bill to make married girls, ‘women’ passes, I’ll never refer to myself as Nigerian again.
Guys. I’m starting a new project/ joining a new project. It’s called The African Book Review (yes, we’ll be reviewing African books :) ) I’ll be in charge of reviews but mostly curating other content on the blog, so if I start trolling your blogs or asking you to get involved, it’s cause I think you’re awesome and I’m really excited about this!
oh here’s a link: http://theafricanbookreview.tumblr.com/”
Our goal here at the newly established (!) ABR is to provide a platform to truly engage with African arts from a literacy perspective, exploring new, established, and upcoming African writers.
Books are a portal into our world, yes, the Africa that is never shown on television, the Africans who are always silent props in the western imagination, books give them the chance to not just speak the truths that they have spoken for centuries but to be heard and actively listened to by the rest of the world.
But we don’t want to only talk about books, we want to engage with Africa and Africans in as many ways as possible and explore what it means, not just to be African, but to be human.
So we thought, we’d have projects. Each month, with each book reviews, we’d have a special project about Africa/Africans/Literature.
We’re just starting out but we’re really excited to see where this goes and watch as more people become not only acquainted with but intimately connected to African Literature.
Is no-one on tumblr really talking about the massacre in Nigeria two days ago? I know most of the people weren’t necessarily Nigerians, but come on! We only reblog pretty pictures that highlight the light of our country but refuse to talk about the bad stuff? Pretending the blood stain on your white dress is invisible does not make sense if the rest of the world has seen it and is talking about it o. I see our problems, but I also know we’re trying to make progress, and ignoring stuff like this to reblog pictures of girls wearing ankara tagged ‘#proudlynigerian!’ is not what we need in this moment. We all need a dep sense of shame and anger at the injustice that buzzes around our country like flies on an open wound. We all in this moment need to reflect on what it is to be Nigerian, and how to better that in the future.
This is not a time to be proudly Nigerian. Not after this… this is not a military issue, or a Boko Haram issue, or a Northern issue. Its a Nigerian one. Don’t ignore it.