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.