This study guide will help you analyse the text “How to Write about Africa” by Binyavanga Wainaina. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on summary, topic, writer, reader, language, modes of persuasion, circumstances, and intention.
Presentation of the text
Title: “How to Write about Africa”
Writer: Binyavanga Wainaina
Genre: Satirical essay
Publication date: 19th of January, 2006
Context: Western literature on Africa
Binyavanga Wainaina (b. 1971) is a writer and journalist from Kenya. He is considered one of the 100 most influential people in the world, according to Time Magazine. He started his career as a food and travel writer.
The essay “How to Write about Africa” was originally published in Granta Magazine and attracted a lot of media attention.
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