a new header

Since the start of this blog I had one picture in the header of this blog. This picture stayed faithfully at the same place. Now I have made a change. There is a changing header with pictures from different book covers.

Do you know what books I have pictured in the header?  Let me know!

BY THE BOOK: Carey Baraka

Carey Baraka is a writer from Kisumu, Kenya. He is a founding editor and member of Enkare Review. PHOTO| COURTESY

Here is another episode highlighting writers from Africa, especially those from Kenya. This time Carey Baraka is thinking about answers and he expresses his answers, e.g. on his favourite books when he was still in his younger years. 


“Mother of Invention”

Nnedi Okorafor, PhD

There seems to be no end to the creativity of the writer Nnedi Okorafor, who has strong roots in Nigeria, but also in the future. It is a very intruiging combination: Nigeria and the future. She writes about it like literary superwoman.
Here you find a recent short story by her.
Do not confuse this short story with the ‘Mothers of Invention’, an American rockgroup with Frank Zappa.

Sixth edition of LLF starts Feb 24

So what does LLF stand for? Maybe your are thinking of of a Festival. You are right. One of the ‘L’s must be from literature. You are right for the second time. But what about the second ‘L’?

The other ‘L’ stands for Lahore, the capital city of Pakistan. Two writers from African descent, Ben Okri and Nadifa Mohamed, will be present at the LLF.  The word is spreading and you will find more here

Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts by Zukiswa Wanner

Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts by Zukiswa Wanner

Zukiswa Wanner has roots: Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Kenya. She fortified and strengthened her roots while travelling with her partner and son. This journey across borders and in time resulted in a book. Read more about this book here

Macron’s French language crusade bolsters imperialism – Congo novelist

The French president Emmanuel Macron has a formidable opponent. No, I am not writing about coming elections in France. I am talking about the French desire to keep a hold on all those French speaking countries (the Francophonie) in the world. 

Alain MabanckouThe Congo – born writer Alain Mabanckou has his own opinions about the role the French government wants to play among all these countries. Will the French language will be rope around a neck or will it be a two-way connection between countries? Read more about these issues here.

Book on J.A. Green, Nigeria’s first indigenous professional photographer for launch

This book is a welcome change from the many literary works that are presented in this weblog. This time a book on a famous Nigerian photograher Jonathan Adagogo Green. Jonathan was born in 1873 in Bonny, he moved to Sierra Leone to learn the art of photography.  He moved back to Bonny and he made a name for himself when he had opened a studio to start his work. He not only worked in his studio but also travelled to visit peoples and places.

Now a book will be launched to honour his legacy and the immense work he did.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor jonathan green nigeria

Things Fall Apart@60: Why we’re celebrating in 11 African countries

It must have been one the first books that I have read coming from the continent. The now classic ‘Things fall apart’ but the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe. He wrote about a society falling apart due to outside influences. Now the novel is celebrating its 60th birthday. A landmark in Nigerian and African literature. Read more about it here.