Siden jeg kommer til å skrive litt fra Afrika tipsa Øystein, som jobber for statistikkontoret her i Juba, om det fantastiske essayet «How to Write About Afrika» av den kenyanske forfatteren og journalisten Binyavanga Wainaina
To av mine favorittavsnitt er
In your text, treat Africa as if it were one country. It is hot and dusty with rolling grasslands and huge herds of animals and tall, thin people who are starving. Or it is hot and steamy with very short people who eat primates. Don’t get bogged down with precise descriptions. Africa is big: fifty-four countries, 900 million people who are too busy starving and dying and warring and emigrating to read your book. The continent is full of deserts, jungles, highlands, savannahs and many other things, but your reader doesn’t care about all that, so keep your descriptions romantic and evocative and unparticular.
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Broad brushstrokes throughout are good. Avoid having the African characters laugh, or struggle to educate their kids, or just make do in mundane circumstances. Have them illuminate something about Europe or America in Africa. African characters should be colourful, exotic, larger than life—but empty inside, with no dialogue, no conflicts or resolutions in their stories, no depth or quirks to confuse the cause.
Andre gode tips om hvordan man bør skrive om Afrika eller hva man skal skrive om?