Glossing Africa


‘Habari yako?’ Could I make a start like this? Should I write a translation at the bottom of this page?  Should I put the translation between brackets? Or just leave at as it is?  All kinds of possibilities. So what will a writer / editor / publisher do with the odd word out?  Namwali Serpell … Continue reading Glossing Africa

Prof Chimera: It is the season of harvest for Kiswahili in the region


What is the main languages of literature in Africa? Many books are written in English, French, Arabic, Afrikaans, all languages that have their origin outside our continent.  What is the impact of the local languages on our literary works? In this interview professor Rocha Chimera talks about the use of the language (ki)Swahili. Maybe also … Continue reading Prof Chimera: It is the season of harvest for Kiswahili in the region

Reading Noni Jabavu in 2017


She was born nearly a hundred years ago, this lady Noni Jabavu (1919 – 2008). She saw the light of life in the Eastern Cape (South Africa). At a later time she entered the world of letters. She worked as an editor and she wrote two book about her life. Athambile Masola has a closer … Continue reading Reading Noni Jabavu in 2017

The launch of Reflecting Rogue was trending


The launch of a book is an event in its own class. Friends, relatives, stakeholders, book readers and all kinds of assorted people assemble at a chosen venue. The writer appears in full glory and the attendanding people sit down with awe and expectation. Yesterday a books was launched. Reflecting Rogue has been written by … Continue reading The launch of Reflecting Rogue was trending