south africans dominate etisalat


A writer is a communicator. So it is apt that a telecommunications firm, Etisalat, will have a literary prize. The firm has just announced the longlist for the longlist for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature. Nine books are on the longlist. Six are form South Africa and just two from Nigeria. Find out here who … Continue reading south africans dominate etisalat

nigeria has a new government


The country Nigeria (in West Africa) has voted for a new president. The man is Buhari. Now he has formed a new government. What are his plans? What has happened with the jihadist movement Boko Haram? Has this former general taken any proper and effective steps to put down this organization?  Chika Unigwe has a … Continue reading nigeria has a new government

literature and the state of the restless


The writer has a closer look at the state of Nigerian literature. This state is put in the wider context of African literature (in all its diversity !). Is the literary scene in Nigeria looking at the past (but have a close look a Ake !)? What is the state of the publishing industry?   … Continue reading literature and the state of the restless

l’écrivain alain mabanckou renvoie


The writer Alain Mabanckou has not forgotten where he came from. He studied and worked in France, now he works in the United States of America. He was born in the African country Congo (the one with Brazzaville). Mabanckou has made some comments on the political situation in Congo.   

my life as a muslim


The writer Laila Lalami has  a few things in common with many of her fellow countrymen and countrywomen. They do not perform daily prayers. They do not go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. They do drink of the forbidden drink. They do give to charity. To Laila Lalami it shows she is not a very … Continue reading my life as a muslim