The magic of storytelling


They came together at a public library in Kigali, the capital city of the landlocked African country Rwanda. They were writers, storytellers. They were invited as shortlisted writers for the Husa Press Prize for Fiction. They talked about their stories, about their reasons for writing.  Read more about this meeting here.   Advertisements

After cutting up his US green card, Wole Soyinka


What would he do? The Nigerian author had promised that he would tear up his US Green Card if Donald Trump would be elected president. Others promised they woudl move, for instance to Canada. Soyinka kept his promise, his Green Card disappeared into the waste paper basket.  But where to go to now? Back to … Continue reading After cutting up his US green card, Wole Soyinka

EATING THE FLOWERS OF PARADISE


The use of the khat leaves is in some countries forbidden, at other places the use of khat is a national passtime, surrounded by rituals, a way of life. When the United Kingdom decided to ban the use of khat, the khat farmers in Kenya were very angry. They saw a loss, an immense loss … Continue reading EATING THE FLOWERS OF PARADISE

Department of Education irons out plans to decolonise English


One of the important issues in the field of education and language is the role of the language of the former colonizer (or maybe even more than one language, for instance in The Cameroons). In South Africa you can also think of two foreign languages: English and Afrikaner. The Department of Education is looking for … Continue reading Department of Education irons out plans to decolonise English

Laila Lalami, Luis Urrea, and Shobha Rao


Next month there will be a meeting in New York (USA) with three writers. One of them is Laila Lalami, born in Morocco, but these days she is residing and working in the USA. She wrote a book about people trying to reach Spain to continue their life with more prospects. The theme of the … Continue reading Laila Lalami, Luis Urrea, and Shobha Rao