DAMN YOU (LETTER TO NIGERIAN LITERATURE AND ALL INVOLVED)

21 thoughts on “DAMN YOU (LETTER TO NIGERIAN LITERATURE AND ALL INVOLVED)”

  1. …and the many ‘damns’… Can you be literary and NOT be political? Poor royalties and the REFUSAL to CULTIVATE writers by the Publishers! PIRACY! A BOOK ON THE PUBLISHERS’ desk since 2005! And a ‘non-reading’ populace!

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    1. Fasanmi, I feel something of passion in the question. Well, to be honest, I think that there is a big answer to your literary/political question. Yes. But the question is not about being political – after all, we all are political in some form. What I am driving at is that the major priority should be literature first and anything – better yet, everything else would be secondary.
      About cultivation, you really can’t blame publishers…we have to pay our dues ourselves. Learn to harness our skills. Having said that, you might have realised that there are several workshops across the country these days and more is being done. But on his/her own, the writer has to learn to read more, read more, and read more – reinvent the person’s self and keep getting better. Very few of us do that.
      If you write what the populace wants, they would read. Don’t let no one tell you different: NIGERIANS READ and they read A WHOLE LOT! I know because I have done some research. What’s more, I see it everyday.
      Thanks for stopping by…and don’t worry, the damnation ends as we chart our way towards salvation but for those who wouldn’t…oh well. 😉

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  2. damn you all for saying all the right things here……and I’m damned if I don’t point out your forgetting the shackles of visions, of styles, language,diction, editorial and technical continuity, sophistication lyric, rhythm, challenges of originality (anti-competitiveness) resulting in readers’ ‘disdain’ as well as most Nigerian writers’ apoplexy, loss of existentialist – (phenomenology) orientations, others related to content emptiness that could make interesting and engaging readings….all damned for executing this normative clarity.

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    1. And wouldn’t our damnation continue? Hee hee hee!

      Heavens have mercy! Thanks Leke… you sure have brought back memories. May the heavens help us!

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