J F Ade Ajayi obituary


I have only one of his books on my shelves. A book surrounded by other books on Nigerian history, or to be more to the point: Nigerian Churchhistory.    It was published in 1965 and I bought it 22 years later on the other side of the continent. He wrote about “Christian Missions in Nigeria … Continue reading J F Ade Ajayi obituary

dylan thomas prize shortlist


On July 24th of this year I passed on to you the longlist for the Dylan Thomas Prize. One of the books on this longlist was “The orchard of lost souls” by the Somalian writer Nadifa Mohamed.  Now the shortlist has been published and, sad to say, the book by Nadifa has disappeared from the … Continue reading dylan thomas prize shortlist

no books, but figures (3000)


On May 7, 2014 I reached 1000 views. On July 31, 2014 I reached 2000 views. This morning I reached three thousand views. “semper aliquid novi africam adferre” was started somewhere in September 2013. I copied my bookcomments from another blog I used, so you will find some with an older date. VIEWS Up till … Continue reading no books, but figures (3000)

it’s surprisingly tougher


I do not have many posts on children’s books. Once a while I do read a children’s book, because it is on my shelf. At times I do not feel like reading a complicated book, so I take something easier. Is it also easier to write a children’s book than a book for adults? David … Continue reading it’s surprisingly tougher