Sunday, 19. March 2006

Chilson on Soyinka's spiritual roads

Essay by Peter Chilson (author of 'Riding the demon'):
'Following Wole Soyinka: A Modern Road Tale'


"anyone who spends real time in Africa experiences the road in a way that touches the gut. That’s what road travel does to you there, and that’s why Soyinka is important: He connects us to an Africa little noticed. Soyinka, in essays, poems, novels, three memoirs, and many plays, explores a spiritual side to road travel in Africa, arguing that surviving the road requires spiritual respect."

Experiencing the Accra-Kumasi Road (AKR):

An ethnographic project on roads, commercial driving and everyday travel in Ghana [more]

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