blame black leaders, not white


The South African writer Zakes Mda, who lives and works in the United States of America, speaks about the recent developments in literary circles in South Africa. To attend or not to attend, that is the question. But there are more questions. Questions about the leadership in South Africa. Zakes Mda sympathizes with his fellow … Continue reading blame black leaders, not white

a book “eritrean youth from


The people came together in a hotel in Asmara (Eritrea) to attend a booklaunch. To be honest when I hear the name ‘Eritrea’  I do not at first think about booklaunches, but I think about the difficult human rights situation, I think about so many young people that leave the country in search of greener … Continue reading a book “eritrean youth from

my father’s kidnapping


To me the word ‘ kidnapping’ is a strange word. I see a small child, a kid, being napped, taken away, stolen. But the word is also used for old men who are napped, stolen, taken away, dragged out of a car. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes about the kidnap of her old father, when he … Continue reading my father’s kidnapping

ope brief aan my wit broer en swart suster


Here is another voice, a voice that uses the Afrikaner language. It is another episode in the unfolding story that started at the Franschhoek Literary Festival (South Africa). Bettina Wyngaard states that we have not moved on since 1994, the same discussions. One difference, according to her, there is no leadership that seeks reconciliation. 

we chat to writer binyavanga


The Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina has travelled south. This is not the first time he did so. He studied and partied and did all kinds of things in the former Transkei. Now he has come to give a speech at the Johannesburg Theatre. But he has already given some of his thoughts in this chat.