7 min read.Updated: 12 Mar 2018, 01:56 PM ISTSana Goyal
From 'illicit' sex to identity politics, the themes addressed by new Nigerian fiction coming into the Indian market are pushing the boundaries
In November, Alexandra Alter wrote in The New York Times about the emergence of a fresh wave of “thematically and stylistically diverse fiction" from Nigeria, a majority of it exploring subject matters that are deemed controversial—gender, sexuality and nationalism. The trend was catalysed by Cassava Republic, an Abuja-based publisher with a branch in the UK and a US distributor, which, as the NYT put it, is at the “forefront of Nigeria’s literary renaissance". The new generation of writers was preceded by the global recognition of authors like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Teju Cole in the early-to-mid-2000s, following a period of “book famine" in the 1980s and 1990s, when publishing in Africa was said to have suffered a major setback due to political and economic factors, and reading was no longer considered a leisure activity.