I'm a practised writer now. But when I began, I had no idea what this was going to be. I just knew that there was something inside me that wanted me to tell who I was, and that would have come out even if I didn't want it.
The last four or five hundred years of European contact with Africa produced a body of literature that presented Africa in a very bad light and Africans in very lurid terms. The reason for this had to do with the need to justify the slave trade and slavery.
Nigeria has had a complicated colonial history. My work has examined that part of our story extensively.
The relationship with my people, the Nigerian people, is very good. My relationship with the rulers has always been problematic.
George Edward Moore