Available on JSTOR at: doi.org/10.2307/3334378 Abstract One problem has restricted our understanding of African writing – the gulf between critic and writer. This may not seem unexpected, for over centuries the complaint of writers in all countries has been that they were bedeviled by ignorant critical discussion. But in Africa too often today the critics have been European, each appealing to his own perhaps opposing standards, asserting ideas from contradictory stands. Now African criticism is becoming more common and in the work of Mr. Bankole Timothy we have the advantage of finding a writer who is himself a critic. In publishing his commentary on the role of the writer along with his new story there is a mutual illumination that will lend a fresh perspective to the debate between creative and critical writing.