A few days ago, a user sent us a message about their perception of the writing technique of most Nigerian writers:
Unless you’re not a Nigerian, I find it difficult reading your story that reminds me you’re a Nigerian but has a plot, setting, idea, concept and style based on an American or a foreigner. Why is it that many Nigerians write about stories and most times their setting will be “the abroad”?
I want to know why though. I know it’s a bit different from the books on your app though many writers I’ve come across have never been abroad, aren’t connected to it and have no idea what the life is like. They just write like that because the Nigerian story or setting seems too shallow to them. They want what people would read. The blue eyes and dazzling millionaire. Or the secretary that falls in love with her square-jawline boss, etc.
I feel every word I read. I can tell when the writer is disconnected from his writing. No matter how good it is. I probably am not the best to give writing advice but I feel writers should give birth to their works. Not take ideas from books they’ve read and transform it. Nope, Ayodele does not have a limousine and definitely does not own a multi-billion dollar company. He works at Ikeja and drives a black Toyota with a dented rear. Thank you. – The Brown-Eyed Sparrow
What do you think? Do you feel the same way about the Nigerian books you’ve read?