Taking Africa to the World Through Digital Literature: Long Story Short Marks Africa Month 2015 (Video)
Long Story Short has shared a video in which contributors Masello Motana, Kabi Thulo, Keorapetse Kgositsile and Hlubi Mboya dicuss literature and its significance in shaping a “decolonial afrocentric World view.”
Motana, who is a performance artist and MC for Long Story Short, hasn’t had much opportunity to travel around Africa but says, “through literature I somehow feel like I have been around the continent,” because in writing you can “literally smell the places.”
Thulo believes that literature is a way to write Africanness in a way that pushes past colonial constructions. Kgositsile, poet laureate, says that African children are emptied of themselves as they are filled with Europe and North America by education. He says literature is a way to give African stories back to African people.
Mboya says she is very excited about the Long Story Short because it will put Africa on “global international stage when it comes to literature and the production of literature”.
Watch the video:
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- Video: Mbali Kgosidintsi Reads Niq Mhlongo’s Story “Goliwood Drama” (Next Up: Abena Ayivor Reading Chibundu Onuzo)
- Watch the Video and Listen to a Podcast from the First Long Story Short Event (Plus: Next Up Niq Mhlongo)
- If I Could Sing: Selected Poems by Keorapetse Kgositsile
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