Nigerian poet Shoneyin accuses UK publishers of hanging on to African rights

Nigerian poet Shoneyin accuses UK publishers of hanging on to African rights

British publishers must not hang on to rights they cannot exploit, Nigerian poet and novelist Lola Shoneyin told delegates at a session on decolonisation at a publishers' conference at The Sharjah International Book Fair.

Shoneyin likened the situation to that of the Benin Bronzes, artworks taken from the Kingdom of Benin in present-day Nigeria in 1987, many of which ended up in the British Museum.

Shoneyin said: “I’m a publisher in Nigeria. When an African book comes out in the west, it is one of the most difficult things to buy rights for an African edition. UK publishers are the most g...

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