Review of NISA AL-MAGHRABI


Right at the start I have to admit that I did not read the original Arabic version of this book written by Razan al-Maghrabi. My grasp of languages is limited and does not include Arabic. I have read the Dutch translation that was published in the very same year as the original publication.  Let us … Continue reading Review of NISA AL-MAGHRABI

Carte blanche à Mahi Binebine


Some writers do dabble in another form of art. Some for pleasure. Some for pleasure and quality. The Morocco born writer Mahi Binebine (living in France) is also a good painter. In this article you will find some information on his works and an exhibition. Also information on other painters.   

The ‘ironic’ question of Nigerian writing


The Bookshop-saga is still going on. It all started with the first episode in France on a stage. A question was asked at the godmother of the festival. The godmother is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the famous Nigerian writer. She was asked about the presence of bookshops in Nigeria. The audience was stunned, so were many … Continue reading The ‘ironic’ question of Nigerian writing

‘It is not my responsibility to teach morals’


Many readers appreciate a meeting with a writer, hopefulklt t6heir favourite writer. When a writer publishes a new book there are opportunities to attend a signature session, a launch or another occassion.   A Bookchat is one of those other opportunities. Readers, a prublishers, professional readers (socalled critics) meet a writer at a nice location.  … Continue reading ‘It is not my responsibility to teach morals’

ANA unveils roadmap, tasks government on insecurity and neglect of writers


How many Nigerian creative writers do live and work in Nigeria and abroad? I Have no idea. Maybe the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has an inkling.  The ANA exist to protect the creative writers in the country. It even wants to create at Writers’ Village near the capital city. Read in this statement more … Continue reading ANA unveils roadmap, tasks government on insecurity and neglect of writers

Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún: Renaissance is badly needed in African language literature


One of the remarkable things of Nigeria is the multitude of languages. I remember from my days in Plateau State, Nigeria, the large number of languages in this state alone. English and Hausa had not (yet) been able  to push away these languages, even though local languages were often not allowed to be spoken at … Continue reading Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún: Renaissance is badly needed in African language literature