Afropolitan on PantoneVIEW


African cosmopolitan
A new generations of Africans are escaping the cliches and stereotypes that generally explain the African society. A group of cultural innovators that call themselves Afropolitans is attracting the attention. Afropolitan combines the words Africa and cosmopolitan to describe a temporary generation of Africans. The term was introduced in 2005 by the author Taiye Selasi in the essay ‘Bye-Bye Babar’, or ‘What is an Afropolitan?’. In 2011 the Victoria and Albert Museum convened the symposium ‘Africans in America: The New Beat of Afropolitans’, featuring authors, musicians and artists alongside Selasi. MsAfropolitan (miss Afropolitan) is the award-winning blog of Minna Salami, blogger, writer and commentator on African feminism, society and popular culture.

Taiye Selasi is also the author of ‘Ghana Must Go’, at once a portrait of a modern family, and an exploration of the importance of where we come from to who we are. In a sweeping narrative that takes us from Accra and Lagos to London and New York, this novel teaches that the truths we speak can heal the wounds we hide. Her books are accompanied by the works of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. ‘Americanah’ examines blackness in America, Nigeria and Britain, but it’s also a dissection of the universal human experience. Spanning three continents and numerous lives, the novel is a richly told story set in today’s globalized world.
Hilde Roothart
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