ayi kwei armah speaks / our awakening


Ayi Kwei Armah has been featured here previously. If you cannot tell from the bubbling enthusiasm that attend each of these posts, we here at libmag are very impressed with his work. To date, Armah is the only African writer I have encountered who has not only addressed the need of African writers to control their own artistic production, but has also shown contemporaries and future generations that it can be done through his example. You can access the full account of his successful efforts in wrestling distributive control of his work away from Heinemann publishers in his memoirs, Eloquence of the Scribes.

Thanks to Youtube I stumbled upon this gem of a lecture he delivered during one of his visits to the States. I am unable to discern the date (or the location where) the lecture was given but the content is certainly timeless...

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