Chinua Achebe in this article talks about the controversy of the language English used on African literature, this discussion came to be a bigargument within the African literature community back in 1962, and brought lots of ideas and beliefs shared by other African writers from different parts of Africa to the table.
At this point everyonewas arguing the reason of why African literature is written in English instead of being written in a native African language. Achebe states very clearly why in Africa, the literature is writen inEnglish and will continue to be that way. This statement has appeared very controversial but according to Achebe it was not at all. The reality in Africa is based on how much international aid and influenceAfrica has gotten. Not to mention that English is considered the national language in most countries in Africa, most of countries in Africa were colonized by the British.
Africa it’s a bigcontinent with lots of countries and each country has its own, tribes, dialects, culture, beliefs, etc. The language English helped all these countries to unite and also facilitated mutual communicationwithin the continent and its countries. In terms of African authors writing African literature in English or French, Achebe does not believe that these authors are unpatriotic and careless about their owncountry and culture. He believes that those authors are “by-products of the same processes that made the nation-states-of-Africa”
“The Language of African Literature” by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
NgugiWa Thiong’o in this article calls out the African writers stating that African literature should be writen in their own language, and also that needs to be more of a connection within its people‘srevolutionary struggles for liberation from their colonization time. Ngugi opens up a discussion about how African literature in order to be exposed to the world, it needs to show the reality and the...