Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."

On August 31, 1997 Princess Diana died in a car crash in Paris. Her life, as much as her death, was a global phenomenon.

The ten-year anniversary of her death took place a few days ago. Social media was flooded with goodwill messages. People recalled where they were when they first heard the news of her death.

The African literary side of social media did not disappoint. Princess Diana received her fair share of commemorative posts.

Nigerian writer Molara Wood, who is, by the way, a staunch dianophile, shared a series of tweets in which she recalled the collective experience of loss and morning that followed Princess Diana’s death.

Wood tells this funny story about hearing the news of Diana’s death and falling down the stairs while heavily pregnant. Thankfully, the story has a happy ending. The child is now 19 years old and well.

We love Wood’s personal take on an occurrence as public and distant as the death of an iconic figure of British royalty.

[Go HERE to read Wood’s beautiful essay on Diana’s passing published on the Sunday edition of Guardian Nigeria.]

Enjoy!

 

*********
Image by Milton Johanides via Flickr.

Tags: ,

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

One Response to “How Can Diana Die? | Molara Wood Tweets About Princess Diana’s Death” Subscribe

  1. Simeon Mpamugoh 2017/09/13 at 13:28 #

    Sometime some literal allusion can turn real

Leave a Reply

Welcome to Brittle Paper, your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. We bring you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our "I love African Literature" newsletter.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

Erotic Africa: The Sex Anthology | Read e-Book Exploring Millennial Sex Culture and Romance in African Cities

erotic-africa

Much has been said about the state of sex in African literature: whether African novelists are keen on sex, why […]

Zimbabwean Mapping Project Documents the Movements of Dambudzo Marechera in Harare

dambudzo marechera - graph

An unusual mapping project has documented the movements of Dambudzo Marechera in Harare. “Home Means Nothing to Me,” published in […]

Cyprian Ekwensi’s The Passport of Mallam Ilia Gets Animation Movie | Watch Teaser

The Passport of Mallam Ilia - animation

Cyprian Ekwensi’s popular novel The Passport of Mallam Ilia is being made into an animated movie. Premium Times reports that the 2D […]

Yrsa Daley-Ward’s The Terrible Makes Vogue’s Must-Read Books of 2018

yrsa daley-ward - image by Laurel Grolio for Girls At Library

Nigerian-Jamaican model-turned-Instapoet Yrsa Daley-Ward’s memoir The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir has been named among Vogue magazine’s Must-Read Books of 2018. The follow […]

Film Adaptation of Soyinka’s Ake: The Years of Childhood, by Dapo Adeniyi, Tells the Story of the Legend as a Child in the 1940s | Watch Trailer 

Egba women wait on Mrs Kuti at the outset of the women’s riot3

The film adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s 1981 memoir Ake: The Years of Childhood is now available on Amazon. Set during the World […]

Erotic Africa: The Sex Anthology Forthcoming in December

erotic-africa

Twelve months after the call for submissions was made in January, we are happy to announce that Erotic Africa: The Sex […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.