"Letter from Home" (E.C. Osundo)

Africa is A Country "Do you associate with other Africans so you can still remember your roots? Do you still find African foods to eat? Because I fear the white man’s food will make you reason in the white man’s ways. My son, reconsider your ways and retrace your steps like the prodigal son, so I can bless you before I die."

Africa is A Country

"Do you associate with other Africans so you can still remember your roots? Do you still find African foods to eat? Because I fear the white man’s food will make you reason in the white man’s ways. My son, reconsider your ways and retrace your steps like the prodigal son, so I can bless you before I die."

Nigeria / 2006

This is a very short story: a letter an aging Nigerian mother sends to her son who has left her to live in America. This is an interesting piece. The mother tenderly pleas with him to not assimilate and to never forget his origins. E.C. Osundo won the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing and is known for his short stories. Read the full story on AGNI Online.