Using Taiye Selasi’s TED Talk as a launching pad, Wana Udobang opened the panel on Defining Home: Place and Displacement in African Writing by asking Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Yewande Omotosho and Teju cole about what home is to them.
Sarah said, “Home to me is quite a fluid concept.”
“I think mother and home are very connected for me,” Yewande said, “just from a personal perspective. And home has always been complex, or fluid.
“When I lost my mother, the concept of home got a lot more complex.”
For Teju Cole, “Home is where your people are. …People who share certain sympathies with you, but also have certain general broad bases on which to think of what society should look like.”
Wana directed the conversation towards hyphenated identities, and Yewande said, “I think we all have hyphenated identities, actually. It might be specificity around body; or there might be other things distinct from nationality.” Her characters are always hyphenated in some way, she said, without minding what race they are or if they are from two countries.