I walked past the old mosque in Kano (northern Nigeria), many moons ago. The emir was a powerful man in those days. I remember the days of the revolt led by Maitatsine in the center of that very same old Kano. The Nigerian novelist Ukamaka Olisakwe writes about those days of old (but still very … Continue reading growing up fearful in nigeria
She was a voice not to be misheard in Egyptian literary circles and beyond. Beyond Egypt. Beyond litetary circles. Now she has passed away. Her name is Radwa Ashour (1946 – 2014).
It can be a decline in readers. It can be a decline in buyers. It can be a decline in writers. All could be reasons for closing down a well established bookshop. But in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, the owners of a bookshop have found a new reason. There are family related issues. … Continue reading bookpoint shuts doors
There has been some dicussion on the value of the Caine Prize. Is it a foreign intrusion? Should more attention be paid to African rooted prizes for literary works? The Nigerian writer Chika Unigwe received a nice Nigerian prize with $100,000 to go with it. It is a Nigerian Prize, but the prize-money is mentioned … Continue reading caine’s legitimacy comes from its work