Language is an important vehicle for books (what an understatement! ;). The South African professor Mamokgethi Phakeng gave a speech in The Netherlands on the use of language and the political implications. This is very relevant in the situation of South Africa. English is one of the official languages in South Africa, but is it … Continue reading mamokgethi phakeng: ‘language is political’
He has won a prestigious prize, a fairly new prize with a hefty sum of dollars. His name is Ivan Vladislavic and he is from South Africa. In his books Ivan explores the new realities of the post-apartheid situation in South Africa. Here you find some more information on the writer and the prize.
His years in Paris (France) were a turning point in his life. He left his native South Africa in the oppressing days of apartheid and found an air of newness in the French capital. He came back to to the very and deep south to continue with his life and his writing. His little sister … Continue reading briewe van andan
The elections are coming in Nigeria. There will be the opportunity to elect a president. Last Saturday I posted on my blog a haiku about these elections. The Nigerian Diaspora is not unaware of these elections, The London-based writer Chibundu Onuzo and her singing sister wrote a song about these elections. Listen to these songbirds. … Continue reading novelist chibundu onuzo, sister compose
Three writers with an African connection. Only one of them scores a threesome in birth, residence and work in Africa! His name is Ivan Vladislavic. His country is South Africa. Read more about him in connection with this prize based at Yale, U.S. of A. .
Here is the second African-rooted writer who is a recipient of a wellfunded prize. His name is Teju Cole, born in the United States and liveing and working in the same States. He has published two books and many tweets.