No individual ‘fathered’ modern African literature

From The Guardian:

Chinua-Achebe-in-2002-002 As soon as I heard about Chinua Achebe's rejection of the label “father of modern African literature“, I did two Google searches. One, was for “father of modern European literature” for, surely, if modern African literature has a father, European literature could not possibly be a bastard. The second, was for “father of primitive African literature”, since such a competent fatherless father (which in this case would be Achebe) would be something worth documenting. I hate to disappoint eager readers, but both searches drew a blank.

I thoroughly agree with Achebe's rejection of the label, because, as he has said, “there were many of us – many, many of us”.

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