The most important thing about myself is that my life has been full of changes. Therefore, when I observe the world, I don't expect to see it just like I was seeing the fellow who lives in the next room.
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.
Art is man's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.
The relationship with my people, the Nigerian people, is very good. My relationship with the rulers has always been problematic.
Alan Dean Foster