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I get a variety of *interesting* responses when someone asks me what I do and I say that I’m a professor of African literature.
One American member of the public said to me,
“You teach African literature? That must be a short course.”
That’s a verbatim quote.
Another American member of the public said, “You teach African literature? Do students take that?”
I was about to respond that they do,
when his wife chastised him for being rudely honest—
not for being wrong, but for being rude.
The inability to recognize the breadth and depth of African literature is shocking.
How is this still possible when Nigerian literature is one of the great national literatures of the twentieth century?
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