Creating in the Mother-Tongue: The Challenges to the African Writer Today

Mlama, Penina Muhando
December 1990
Research in African Literatures;Winter1990, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p5
Academic Journal
Comments on the problems faced by writers on the use of the mother language in writing African literature. Contention of the author that many African writers wrote in English, French, or Portuguese, the languages of the elites instead that of the common populations; Existence of many African languages and the promotion of foreign language as hindrances to African indigenous writers; Contention of experts that the African language is linguistically underdeveloped and cannot express more complex scientific and technological concepts; Difficulties of African writers to transmit their ideas to the common population due to inadequacies in the communication sector and mass media; Role of the African writers in African society.


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