Most creatives have more than one outlet of expression. I mean, it isn’t rare to find an artist who sings, a singer who writes – or a writer who photographs. I find it fascinating. And so I’ve compiled a short list of some of the ‘more popular’ African writers (I follow) whose Instagram pages fascinate me.
Taiye Selasi is the author of Ghana Must Go and some interesting essays. I think it was Sabirah who led me to her Instagram, I’m not quite sure. What I’m sure of is that I want to live on her Instagram page. She obviously does a lot of traveling, and every post of hers stokes the wanderlust in the pit of my belly. Gorgeousness.
Chris Abani is an amazing author of several books. His poetry is excellent. (Here is one I read and loved recently.) His photography is amazing (I will be using this adjective a lot – read it with all the effusiveness I intend). Chris appears to be serious about his cameras, at least going by his hashtags. It’s really nice seeing the world through his photos – how he sees poetry in the mundane.
Teju Cole, Teju Cole. Supreme author and essayist. Even his captions are mini-essays. And guys, I’m here for that. Here is an essay by Mr. Cole on photography. You can see more of his photography and his other thoughts on photography here.
Maaza Mengiste is one of my author-crushes. (What? She has beautiful eyes and lyrical prose. Sigh.) Her short story, A Good Soldier (not online, sorry) won’t leave my head. It’s in the Granta Book of the African Short Story. Find it.
Ndinda is one of the Africa39 authors. A number of the photos below are from her involvement in the This is my Kenya project. Here is a short story to get you started if you’re not familiar with Ndinda’s writing. And yes, I’m moving to Kenya.
I’m not sure if having Victor on this list is cheating. He is an artist, after all? But no matter! I find his photography gorgeous, of his art and of his everyday life. His book, Excuse Me – a collection of essays and commentary, has excellent reviews. Get it.
Emmanuel Iduma is the author of Farad, a book someone described as “an experimental fulfillment of the uncommonly common”. He is also co-editor of Saraba Magazine and his work with Invisible Borders is worth delving into. I linked to this in one of my Saturday Mind Travels, but this is one of my dearest things on his blog.
Who did I miss out? Tell me!