I AM AN AFRICAN WRITER THUS; MY WRITINGS REFLECT ON MY CULTURE
Africa not only tough but strange that the white man can't find the secret of their survival
Lack of education is said to be one of the causes leading to teenage pregnancy. Thus, if the rate of teenage pregnancy is higher in America and Europe than in Africa, who is learning?
Once a journalist asked Chinua Achebe, one of Africa’s greatest and international known writers, the reason he hasn’t written any book about Europe or America. Achebe responded by saying that a lot has already been written about those two continents.
Yes, there are thousands of European and American writers but only a few write about Africa, and what they write is sometimes disgusting, just like how the colonial masters underdeveloped the continent.
The Western and America media promote Africa as a continent of poverty, war, disease and ethnic conflicts, than a place where tons of raw materials are imported to feed, employ and develop the Advanced Countries.
Even though poverty has prevented many African children out of schools, social problems in Advanced Countries exceed what is in Africa. It is often said that one of the reasons of teenage pregnancy is illiteracy, yet Britain leads with teenage pregnancy followed by America.
We need to find out the reasons educated Britain and America are facing teenage pregnancy explosion, despite their best educational facilities, while such problems are less in underestimated Africa. So who is learning?
I am an African writer, therefore my writing reflects on my culture. Africa can be set on top of the mountain by the Western and American media, as number one problem continent in the world, yet Europe and America have no solutions to their innumerable social problems, including teenage smoking, drug abuse, child abuse, immorality, drug trafficking, gun violence and suicide.
The face of Africa is physically and medically disfigured and tainted. Many of Africa’s hardships are caused by external factors, yet Africans live normal lives in the midst of poverty and diseases.
A British or American may say that it’s not important to study or learn anything about Africa. Many will scratch their heads when you ask them of the capital city of an African country, yet an African child can tell you everything including the geographical positions about America and Europe. Who is the clever one?
Being an African writer residing in Europe, for a very long time doesn’t make me European. I am still an African and therefore writes like an African. "I write what I like" like Steve Biko.
The more the foreign media excavates the earth to throw dust on Africa, the more I also dig the weaknesses, immorality and every disease plaguing the European and American societies, for others, especially those in the Third World Countries, to know that not everything that glitters is gold in Europe and America.