#WeTurnToBooks is back — for a special The Decade Project edition!

Our first guest is novelist, political columnist, and essayist Okey Ndibe. Ndibe is the author of the novels Arrows of Rain (2000) and Foreign Gods, Inc. (2014), and the memoir Never Look an American in the Eye: Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American (2016). He is also co-editor with Chenjerai Hove of a collection of essays, Writers, Writing on Conflicts and Wars in Africa (2009) and has taught at various institutions including Bard College, Trinity College, Brown University, and St. Lawrence University.

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During the late 1980s, Ndibe helped found the magazine African Commentary alongside Chinua Achebe. In short: he’s been in the literary game for a while! So we’re super excited and honored to be able to chat with him not only about working alongside writers of Achebe’s generation, but also about his thoughts on how far the African literary scene has come since then plus where it’s headed next.

Tune in Friday, September 18, at 11am EST (4pm GMT+1) for what promises to be an insightful conversation about the historical milestones and debates that have shaped the wonderful thing that is African literature today. See you all on Instagram Live then!

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