Articles by Chigozie Obioma

February 20, 2017

The Transcendent Power of Triangular Fiction 4

I believe that fiction should work on at least three levels of interpretation: The personal, the conceptual, and the philosophical. In other words, the shape of the core of great works of fiction must be triangular — it must be emotional, cerebral, and sublime.

January 24, 2017

Distilling Narratives into Images: Iké Udé’s Nollywood Portraits 0

In talking about Nollywood, emphasis is often placed on the density and quality of cinematic output. But I will posit that the industry itself mimics the rooted tradition of the land (or lands) that now make up Nigeria.

December 1, 2016

A Year in Reading: Chigozie Obioma 0

The prose is composed and has the energy of a restless dancer, one whom you can not tire from watching even late into the night.

December 7, 2015

A Year in Reading: Chigozie Obioma 1

The howling masterpiece of 2015 must surely be Eka Kurniawan’s Beauty Is a Wound.

June 8, 2015

The Audacity of Prose 55

Writers should realize that the novels that are remembered, that become monuments, would in fact be those which err on the part of audacious prose, which occasionally allow excess rather than those which package a story — no matter how affecting — in inadequate prose.