Let's support the literary variety "NEO-AFRICAN LITERATURE"!
We, the 2014/2015 students, together with our literature teacher, of
Year 8, Grange School, Ikeja, in the process of studying a selection of
African Literature, discovered, and hereby ascertain to the general
public that some "African" literature have linguistic and cultural
standards resembling that of Western regions, and do not satisfy the
requirements of what is known as "African Literature" (i.e. rural
settings, drunken simpletons, post-colonial stories, and the like). A
good example would be the 2012 Caine Prize winner, "African Violet and
Other Short Stories": whilst Babatunde Rotimi's Bombay's Republic
(Nigerian) could absolutely be identified as an African Literature on
many levels, Rehana Roussouw's African Violet (South African) simply can
not, especially with how casually words like "Facebook", "Blackberry",
"iMac", "Hello kitty pyjamas", and "Google", to mention a few, were
often used by the protagonist in the story.
We hereby campaign by this online petition for a world-wide recognition of a variety of literature called NEO-AFRICAN LITERATURE (New African Literature), which these recent African literature clearly propitiate - literature such as Rehana Roussouw's African Violet.
We say, "Stop calling them African Literature! Start calling them Neo-African Literature!"