” I love essays, but they’re not always the best way to communicate to a larger audience. “


” My search is always to find ways to chronicle, to share and to document stories about people, just everyday people. Stories that offer transformation, that lean into transcendence, but that are never sentimental, that never look away from the darkest things about us. “


” When I was growing up in Nigeria – and I shouldn’t say Nigeria, because that’s too general, but in Afikpo, the Igbo part of the country where I’m from – there were always rites of passage for young men. Men were taught to be men in the ways in which we are not women, that’s essentially what it is. “


” African narratives in the West, they proliferate. I really don’t care anymore. I’m more interested in the stories we tell about ourselves – how, as a writer, I find that African writers have always been the curators of our humanity on this continent. “


” My grand uncle was a traditional priest, and he would always say to me as a kid, ‘We stand in our own light,’ which essentially for him meant we were entirely responsible for a lot of what happens to us and for the ways in which our lives play out. “



All 5 Chris Abani Quotes about Always in picture


I love essays, but they
My search is always to find ways to chronicle, to share and to document stories about people, just everyday people. Stories that offer transformation, that lean into transcendence, but that are never sentimental, that never look away from the darkest things about us.


When I was growing up in Nigeria - and I shouldn
African narratives in the West, they proliferate. I really don
My grand uncle was a traditional priest, and he would always say to me as a kid,
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