wordweaver launch ‘mama namibia’

To many it is something long forgotten, but the country of Germany did have colonies in Africa. One of those places was the present-day Namibia. The remnants of those occupying days are still visible in Namibia. In the year 1904 there was an uprising from the Herero against the Germans. The Herero were led by … Continue reading wordweaver launch ‘mama namibia’


In his house in Moscow he thought of it and this little seed of thought germinated into fulfilling a dream. To proof himself to himself or to the world? To discover himself? To  …..  himself and you just fill the dotted line. He decided to go to Congo and go down the river in a … Continue reading review FACING THE CONGO


A beautiful book about memories, dreams, nightmares, days of hunger, tell of the olden days who are passed on. Nega writes about his childhood in a fast changing Ethiopia. And he writes it down with a good sense of humour. He describes in fascinating detail his boyhood, the little tricks he plays on other people, … Continue reading review NOTES FROM THE HYENA’S BELLY

nadifa mohamed’s somali journey

They planned to meet in a Somali café in London, but is was closed. They is: Nadifa Mohamed, expected to answer questions, the other, Sameer Rahim, was expected to put the questions. They kept to this promise in a proper way. The result is an interview on paper, on the topic of the latest book … Continue reading nadifa mohamed’s somali journey


What is like to be Afro-American in Africa? That is what Eddy wonders about. He does not entertain thoughts about his ancestry, like : I am able retrace the steps of my forefathers and foremothers. His journey starts in Paris, a town with many people coming from West Africa. They have gone to paris in … Continue reading review NATIVE STRANGER


This is not the first book by Senait Mehari. She was born in Eritrea and now lives in Germany. In her first book she wrote about her experiences a a childsoldier in her country of origin.  In this book she relates her search for her past and her relatives in Eritrea and neighbouring countries. During … Continue reading review WÜSTENLIED