On the kidnapped African boy


Let us go back to the year 1707. A sailing vessel sailed from the Gold Coast to the Dutch port of Amsterdam, one of the most important ports and trading centers of its day. One of the people sailing on board was a very young boy, who was on his way to the German town … Continue reading On the kidnapped African boy

1e édition des “Rencontres annuelles Méditerranée-Afrique des jeunes écrivaines” à Alger


Something new in the capital of the north African capital Alger. Young writers from northern African countries (bordering the sea) will gather for there first meetup. The National Library of Haman will play an important role in this event. Read more about this meetup here.  

The 40-year-old “prophetic” novel


It seems he wrote his novel while living in a tent after he was kicked out of a prestigious university, based at Oxford. Dambudzo Marechera wrote The House of Hunger. It was published 40 years ago. The House of Hunger was built with open windows on the future. Hunger entered the country in the latter … Continue reading The 40-year-old “prophetic” novel

Between Worlds


One of the greatest pop icons of the world was born on Zanzibar. His name was Farrokh Bulsara. He was better known as Freddy Mercury, frontman of the band Queen.  A great name in poetry from the very same island is the one of Haji Gora Haji, an informal poet laureate. His head is filled with … Continue reading Between Worlds

review of TAXING AFRICA


That day the assistant-chief came to my compound. Some time after we ended the formal greetings he mentioned the main topic of his visit. In the near future a fundraising (Harambee) would be held in the area. The Big Man Nomen Nescio was to be the main Guest of Honour. We could not let the … Continue reading review of TAXING AFRICA