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

in defence of provincialism


When I read a book by an Kenyan, Nigerian, Congolese, Algerian (etcetera) writer I often come across a word printed in italics. This is often a word unfamiliar to me. Sometimes the word is explained in the text itself. Sometimes I will a find a glossary at the end of the book or a footnote … Continue reading in defence of provincialism