Jan Smuts seems to be a forgotten name. Once his name was given to an airport, but his name was taken of the signs. Smuts was a South African politician and known on the international political scene. The writer Richard Steyn has written a book on this man.
The International B0ok Fair of Khartoum (Sudan) has made a start. According to the Minister of Culture this event is one of the most important cultural events in the country. Publishers from as far as Egypt and Palestine are present.
He started his professional career as a carpet-designer, moved on to journalism and he ended as a writer. His name is Gamal el-Ghitani and he passed away.
One of the great writers from Egypt has passed away after he had spent some two months in coma in an army hospital in Egypt. His name is Gamal el-Ghitani. He was a novelist, a journalist and an activist. Here you find more about this writer.
Some say that poetry in Nigeria is in the backseat. But in many circles poetry is alive and well. Young poets showed it at the Eko Poetry Slam, showing that poetry is not just for stuffy old people, but young live on the rythms and the sounds of poetry.
Sometimes writers are celebrated after they have passed away. This is not going to happen with the author Anezi Okoro from Nigeria. He will be celebrated later this month in Enugu, Nigeria, for his contribution to the reading culture in Nigeria. Okoro many books for young adults, a popular niche in the bookworld these days.