I was off Twitter for a few minutes. Has the emergency shipment of giraffes arrived in Ghana yet? — Josh Barro (@jbarro) June 17, 2014
When I was in Ghana I rode my giraffe around Accra everyday on the way to my Africa teepee. — Mat Johnson (@mat_johnson) June 17, 2014
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.
Aren’t people tired of representing the Cradle of Civilization with animals and trees?? It’s like the trend of all books written by African authors have covers with trees on them. No, for real. Read a post called ‘The Dangers of a Single Book Cover: The Acacia Tree Meme and ‘African literature”.It can’t be ‘African’ unless it reminds you of the jungle. *rolls my eyes so hard my eyes get stuck in a side-eye*Delta should take its ball and go home because Operation Do Better 2014 is in effect. DO. BETTER.