Madonna’s Not Our Saviour

On Wednesday, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie won the Orange prize for literature for her novel, Half Of A Yellow Sun, about the Biafran war. (Congratulations to her!) In an interesting interview in the Guardian entitled “Madonna’s not our saviour” she talks about showing a different side of Africa, a more positive and balanced side of the continent, beyond the stereotypical stories that we’re all familiar with. She makes some great statements such as : “People forget that Africa is a place in which class exists,” she says. “It’s as if Africans are not allowed to have class, that somehow authenticity is synonymous with poverty and demands your pity and your sympathy. Africa is seen as the place where the westerner goes to sort out his morality issues. We see it in films and in lots of books about Africa, and it’s very troubling to me.” Do check out the article.

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