This is a story of a son who tries to understand his father and who  has to come to terms with the legacy of his father. The father is Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941 – 1995). He was a Nigerian civil servant, bussinessman, writer and activist for his Ogoni people who live in the Niger Delta, polluted … Continue reading IN THE SHADOW OF A SAINT

“If only they had the chance”

Cape Town has changed. It has been awarded another name. Now it is Gang Town. This is what you see on the cover of the book Gang Town, written by the South African writer Don Pinnock. Like so many cities in the world Cape Town has different faces. One ofr the faces is the face … Continue reading “If only they had the chance”


Long, long time ago I read Segou, volume 1 and volume 2. An impressive historical novel, written by Maryse Conde, the writer who was born in Guadeloupe. This a country at a fair distance from the African continent, where she has resided for many years. Now this book is fiction on a fictitious state in … Continue reading UNE SAISON A RIHATA

who should I write for – Nigerians, Africans, or everyone?

Who you have in mind when you write a poem, a novel, short story? Do you think of your aunt, your friends, the people in your village or town? Or do you have national ambitions with your writing? The Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma writes in this article in the British newspaper The Guardian about his … Continue reading who should I write for – Nigerians, Africans, or everyone?


In the writer Sony Labou Tansi (1947 – 1995) the two worlds of both sides of the river Congo come together. He was born in the Belgian Congo and he died in Congo-Brazzaville. He was of a mixed parentage, a child spanning two banks of one river. In this novel we find a man named … Continue reading L’ANTÉ-PEUPLE


I just finished a brilliant book, written by the American investigative journalist Andrew Rice. In this book I found three lines of investigation that all come together: * the story of Duncan Laki who searches for his father Eliphaz Laki who disappeared during the reign of president Idi Amin. He was a chief in Ankole. … Continue reading THE TEETH MAY SMILE BUT THE HEART DOES NOT FORGET