My Great-Grandfather, the Nigerian Slave-Trader


The hot issue of slavery is still an issue that get pens writing and tongues speaking. Especially the Atlantic slave trade gets attention. Less attention is given to the Arab slave trade in Eastern Africa, with Zanzibar as an important hub. Even less attention is paid to the role played by Africans in the slave … Continue reading My Great-Grandfather, the Nigerian Slave-Trader

Nigerian noir – five books to try


I will not be far of the mark when I say that that crime writing is a very popular genre in literature. Many people like to read these books and try to help the crime fighters in solving the murder, the theft, the scam etcetera. The Zimbabwean writer Tendai Huchu writes in this article about … Continue reading Nigerian noir – five books to try

nigeria’s disappearing storytellers


At first sight you might think that the literary scene in Nigeria is flourishing. Nigerian writers, publish, collect prizes, receive honour and glory. But there seems to be another side to this glorious stellar achievement. A Nigerian writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani has a closer look at this issue and he wonders if there is more … Continue reading nigeria’s disappearing storytellers

the secret of nigerian booksales


In many ways Nigeria is a giant on the African continent. A nation more equal than others. A large population. A considerable number of writers. A Nobel Prize winner among its ranks. But what about readers, and buyers of books? What about booksales in this country with so many possibilities?

african books for western eyes


This is still a very interesting topic? For whom do writers from Africa write their books? Do these writers aim at the socalled western readers? Or do they want to wriute for local readers, national readers, continental readers. Next to that is the possibility or the impossibility of publishing locally. Read what Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani … Continue reading african books for western eyes