‘Writing Comes in Layers.’ Chukwudi Ukonne’s First Draft

Author of ‘An Irony of History’, ‘The Dynamic Evolution of Russo-African Relations’, and ‘Nigeria’s Arrested Development’, Chukwudi Ukonne, believes in minimalist writing. ‘If a sentence still makes sense without a certain word, then that word goes. If I can express a thought clearly in a sentence, I won’t write a paragraph. I strive for brevity.’ Our questions are italicized.  What books or kinds of books did you read growing up? I was privileged to grow up in a fa

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