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There is no “true” Africa

What the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Wole Soyinka gets wrong

By Musab Younis  

Photo by Glen Gratty.

The rush of activity which arrested and forced back colonialism on the African continent in the 20th century didn’t just produce hundreds of political leaders, communiqués, bureaucracies, and conferences. It also gave spark to an intellectual renaissance, with scores of novels, plays and stories surging into print. Many people encountered this work in the 1960s through the Heinemann African Writers Series, which Chinua Achebe described as “the umpire’s signal…

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