Namwali Serpell: Being Zambitious

She teaches American literature to American Students, while coming from Zambia herself. This should not be a special things in a globalizing world. Just like an American teaching African literature somewhere at an African university or writing about it. The world is shrinking (in some ways) and we are getting closer. Even a man with … Continue reading Namwali Serpell: Being Zambitious

Maaza Mengiste talks about

Every picture tells a story. Some prefer to write stories, others prefer to shoot pictures. In the end both of them are storytellers, each in his or her own way.  Maaza Mengiste is a storyteller with words, just have a look at her books. In recent times she has also included a look at photographs, … Continue reading Maaza Mengiste talks about

The Last Child Soldier

The wars, especially in West Africa and Uganda have raised many young soldiers, forced often to take up arms. The Lord’s Resistance Army (Uganda and surrounding countries) is an example. A number of these child soldiers have reached books, non-fiction books. In an other way they have reached fiction as well, books and movies. Aaron … Continue reading The Last Child Soldier

caine prize and the frightening

The status of literary prizes geared towards Africa has been under scrutiny for some time. Are prizes coming from outside the continent? And what about prizes form the continent but with little prestige, as of yet? What are the results of these prizes. Aaron Bady has a closer look, not just at the Caine Prize … Continue reading caine prize and the frightening

chimamanda ngozi adichie’s solid

This looks like a week filled with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. For a long time there was a silence and suddenly here she is again. A two-part interview and other people writing about this Celebrated Nigerian Author (CNA).  Here you find some recent thoughts by Aaron Bady who once met and interviewed the author. We also … Continue reading chimamanda ngozi adichie’s solid

academe’s willful ignorance

I am happy to announce the reply to the earlier article written by Wai Chee Dimock, the professor of English and American Studies at Yale University (USA). She felt compelled to write a few words about African Literature. The reply is written by Aaron Bady, who knows a thing or two about African Literature. Maybe … Continue reading academe’s willful ignorance