The Opening Speech of the ilb 2013 by Taiye Selasi

2013 Openning Speach Taiye Selasi

c. Robert Geselle

Taiye Selasi coined the term »Afropolitan«, and in doing so, marked a change in perception for a new generation of cosmopolitan Africans in the age of globalisation. Her first novel, »Ghana Must Go«, was published simultaneously in 15 languages this year, with great success. The author, daughter of a Nigerian-Scottish mother and a Ghanaian father, was born in London, raised in Massachusetts, and is now living in Rome. Her work is characterised by a melodious and »electrifying« (»Süddeutsche Zeitung«) use of language. She tells the story of a 21st century family, originating from West Africa, and redefines the great subjects of »Home« and »Identity«.

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