People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that's the time to do something about it, not when it's around your neck.
There's no lack of writers writing novels in America, about America. Therefore, it seems to me it would be wasteful for me to add to that huge number of people writing here when there are so few people writing about somewhere else.
Once you allow yourself to identify with the people in a story, then you might begin to see yourself in that story even if on the surface it's far removed from your situation. This is what I try to tell my students: this is one great thing that literature can do - it can make us identify with situations and people far away.
Nigeria has had a complicated colonial history. My work has examined that part of our story extensively.
Robert J. Shiller