Exploring the Limitations of Afropolitanism in Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go (2013)

  • Maximilian Feldner
Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)


Because Nigerian diaspora writers are often referred to as ‘Afropolitans’, this chapter examines the concept of Afropolitanism for its applicability and usefulness to the diasporic narratives of Nigerian literature. Applying it to Taiye Selasi’s novel, Ghana Must Go (2013), a prototypical Afropolitan text, reveals that the term has considerable blind spots. The way it is usually understood it celebrates unbound hybridity and cannot account for unhappy or even traumatic experiences of diaspora. It elides more problematic instances of transculturality and is therefore quite unsuitable to define most of the novels of the Nigerian diaspora.


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  • Maximilian Feldner
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  1. 1.University of GrazGrazAustria

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