the caine prize and the rise


A short story writer writes about the rise of short stories and the role of the Caine Prize in this rise. The last few years a remarkable line of authors have received this prize.  Dirye Osman gives an impression of this flight of stories. Advertisements

the miraculous deliverance of oga jona


He is the man in the top spot. He has to take decisions. He has to make sure his image in the media is flattering. Trousers, shirt, hat. Right tone, right perception. And the girls are still not back. Chibok is far away or so it seems.  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes about the deliverance of … Continue reading the miraculous deliverance of oga jona

prestigious literary prize


In the Kenyan ‘Daily Nation’ an Editorial was written after the Kenyan author Okwori Oduor gained the Cain Prize 2014. I will make two comments on this editorial, but first do read the editorial. Comment one: the writer mentions ‘global recognition’, but how global is this recognition? It is a recognition by the grand jury … Continue reading prestigious literary prize

letter from lagos


I remember the night in the 1980s we drove our car through the Nairobi traffic on our way to the German Cultural Center. The Center is still called ‘Goethe-Institut Kenya’. Goethe was the famous German writer, so this center is aptly named. We heard about a play to be staged there. I first came to … Continue reading letter from lagos