50 books by african women that everyone should read


The word “should” should be eliminated. The writer of the article hopefully does not want to force me into reading all of these books. Let me take it as an advice. An advice to embark on a literary journey through female Africa.  Some of these books I have read, some are still om my shelves … Continue reading 50 books by african women that everyone should read

listening to achebe


The late Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe no longer uses his pen but others still write about the writer himself. In this way words keep flowing. But to understand these words, by Achebe and others,  it is necessary that the reader listens with his eyes and ears, with his whole existence. Listen and listen again, because we … Continue reading listening to achebe

reinventing orature


Yesterday I mentioned how an Ugandan writer has benefitted from oral traditions. But for how long will this be possible? For how long will people sit together and tell stories and myths and riddles? A grandfather passes on his mine of memories to his grandson and a granddaughter is being instructed by her grandmother by … Continue reading reinventing orature

q and a with sudanese author leila aboulela


In 1999 she published her first novel “The Translators”. First it was published by a small university press, later on it was taken up by Heinemann in its African Writers Series. The name of the author is Leila Aboulela, originally from Sudan. The next year she received the first Caine Prize for African Writing. Now … Continue reading q and a with sudanese author leila aboulela

oral tradition pays off


About midway this month I drew attention to the Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. She has won the Commonwealth 2014 Short Story Prize. It is good to highlight the achievements of upcoming writers. So here you will get some more information on her and her short story. I can imagine this is not enough for … Continue reading oral tradition pays off