“Get Global Inspiration Wherever You Are Considered Local.” Taiye Selasi, Best Selling Novelist
When you hear ‘Ghana must go‘ what comes to your mind? Of course it is the best selling novel, written by our very own Taiye Selasi. Taiye Selasi is what one might call a global citizen. Her mother was born in England, raised in Nigeria and currently lives in Ghana.
Her best-selling debut novel, Ghana Must Go, mirrors her own story as it follows a family who, after dismantling in tragedy, must use the fragments to re-imagine itself in a new, still beautiful way. Her work has been featured in the New York Times’ T Magazine, Evening Standard, and the LiP magazine, where she published the 2005 essay “Bye-Bye Babar: Or, What is an Afropolitan?,” the article that first thrust her name into cultural conversations.
In addition, her short story “The Sex Life of African Girls” was published by Granta before being chosen for their Best American Short Stories of 2012. She penned a play that was later produced in a small theater by Toni Morrison’s niece, Dr. Avery Willis. And in 2012 she completed a multimedia project called “2154,” where she set out to photograph and film 20-somethings in all 54 African countries.
Currently, the ambitious creative spends her time headlining events and conferences as a keynote speaker while working on a second novel. And of course, she continues to chase global inspiration wherever she considers herself a local.
What can we really say? All we need to do is get inspired by Taiye, get out of our comfort zone and strive to get global inspiration wherever we feel local.
Culled from Brittle paper