The landscape has changed, critics have not

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (centre) when she visited Kenya in November 2013 for the 10th anniversary of Kwani? She gave a series of lectures during her visit. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • The real tragedy here is that while we’ve been shaken by Dr Odhiambo’s harsh assessment of Kenyan books, we will still be begging for recognition from the institution he represents
  • Over the years, our dons have not been vocal in supporting Kenyan writers as the latter struggle to get publishers interested in their books

Only dons in the University of Nairobi’s Literature Department seem to have the privilege of writing scathing reviews such as Dr Tom Odhiambo’s, and speaking in the name of book reviewers and critics.

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