Now I understand Cyprian Ekwensi
's Burning Grass thesis: When 'they' set fire to the plains, the grass gets burnt and the vulnerable move South in search of pasture and fodder.
class="MsoNormalHe expressed that point blatantly when the famous Nigerian writer, Cyprian Ekwensi
visited Kenya and gave a public lecture at the University of Nairobi.
is one of the early Nigerian creative writers who has been brought to limelight in Africa and beyond through his writings.
Van later founded the Heinemann African Writer's Series that put African writers such as Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Cyprian Ekwensi
, and others into the limelight.
Hardly surprising, bearing in mind that Nigeria has produced a healthy number of great writers over the years, including not just Adichie but Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi
, Flora Nwapa, and Buchi Emecheta, to name a few.
Eke's piece on national belonging in the work of Nigerian dramatist Zulu Sofola; Louisa Uchum Egbunike's article on Cyprian Ekwensi
's People of the City, Ernest Emenyonu's tribute to Ekwensi; Shalini Nadaswaran's examination of gendered relationships in Flora Nwapa's Efuru, Blessing Diala-Ogamba's and Hellen Roselyne Shigali's treatment of psychological violence and gendered representations (respectively) in Bessie Head; Sophie Ogwude's tribute to Dennis Brutus; and Joyce Ashuntantang's analysis of Es'kia Mphahlele's Down Second Avenue.
The long list includes The Combat (Kole Omotoso), The Last Duty (Isidore Okpewho), Toads of War (Eddie Iroh), Divided We Stand (Cyprian Ekwensi
), Heroes (Festus Iyayi) and a host of others.
heard the story of An African Night's Entertainment (1962) from an old Hausa Mallam (scholar), and traditional tales were heard by Ezekiel Mphahlele who encapsulates the crux and spirit of African folktale in his "Educating the Imagination" (1993):
She's not like Cyprian Ekwensi
's Jagua Nana, who in a bid to be accepted in society, goes out of her way to acquire those coquettish mannerisms that make men look in her direction.
While in Lagos, Achebe began writing Things Fall Apart, seeking to follow in the footsteps of other African fiction writers such as Amos Tutuola, author of The Palm-Wine Drinkard (1952) and Cyprian Ekwensi
, who wrote People of the City (1954).
While working for the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, he composed his first novel, Things Fall Apart (1959), at a time when Nigerian prose fiction was represented solely by the fantastic folklore romances of Amos Tutuola and the popular stories of urban life of Cyprian Ekwensi
. Achebe's novel introduced serious social and psychological analysis into Nigerian literature.
Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi
, and Wole Soyinka have weighed in.