‘I’m ashamed not to have read The Color Purple’


In a Kenyan newspaper I follow a series named BY THE BOOK. Often young writers tell about books that have been important to them in their life. Now I came across an article in a British newspaper, asking a writer, a well known writer, about books in her life. In this article Taiye Selasi answers … Continue reading ‘I’m ashamed not to have read The Color Purple’

BY THE BOOK: Melissa Wachia Kayanda


This is another episode in the continuing story of BY THE BOOK. In this series we meet young and often promising writers. Some have been published, some blog, some write poetry, some hope to be published and some … This time we meet Melissa Wachia Kayanda. She is in involved with music and words and … Continue reading BY THE BOOK: Melissa Wachia Kayanda

Revisiting the Habré trial: Finding hope in a Chadian tragedy


Many dictators of the past managed to leave the country they run and ruined and found asylum in an other country. In this new found land they continued to live with a fair portion of their amassed wealth, leaving their former citizens in poverty and structures of injustice.  Not all have the chance to escape … Continue reading Revisiting the Habré trial: Finding hope in a Chadian tragedy

BY THE BOOK: Doreen Eshinali Khamala


She lives in Nairobi and she writes. Her name is Doreen Eshinali Khamala is a writer from Nairobi, Kenya. In March 2018 she published her second book. Her first one was about growing up and life at different schools. In this interview she talks about her favourite books and books that have accompanied her. 

The Fruits of Freedom in British Togoland


The people of Togo have seen the Germans come and colonize the country we call these days Togo. After the German defeat in the Great War the French and the British came and took over the legacy and these two countries divided Togo. Later the years of indepoendence came sweeping like a wind of change … Continue reading The Fruits of Freedom in British Togoland

Chibundu Onuzo lets us in on what it’s like buying Nigerian in the U.K.


Writers do eat and drink and buy stuff. What kind of stuff do they buy. Do Africans in the diaspora buy stuff from their fatherland and motherland? What does a Nigerian writer in the United Kingdom buy? Does she prefer Nigerian goods? In this article the writer Chibundu Onuzo shares some of her thoughts.