Marvin has won the chance to be a guest judge on the Storymoja Hay Festival Story of the Month with this article. He gets tickets to the Festival. Thank you to all of you who sent in your articles on time.
“Describe, in detail, naked breasts (young, old, conservative, recently raped, big, small) or mutilated genitals, or any kind of genitals and dead bodies. Or better, naked dead bodies. And especially rotting naked dead bodies. Remember, any work you submit in which people look filthy and miserable will be referred to as the real Africa…”‘ This is an excerpt from Binyavanga Wainaina’s article, “How to Write about Africa.” What do you think? Does it matter that the African continent is often described as a barren expanse of underdevelopment, poverty, cultural savages and nothing better? Does it matter that the African story that sells is most likely written by someone who is not a native of Africa, and that in it he describes the continent as hopeless, helpless, and only likely to develop if he and the western world donates aid to