Category Archives: Botswana

Remembering Bessie Head

Her name not only carries a voice in southern Africa. Her voice captured in written words travelled through the whole continent, from border to border, from language to language, she crossed the seven seas. Her words are not forgotten, the words from this bold lady Bessie Head (1937 – 1986). Read here some quotes from  her extensive oeuvre. 


venson-moitoi hands over books

It is still possible that a diamond-rich country like Botswana needs book donations from abroad. This time the books were coming from a publishing house in London (United Kingdom): Tiny Island Publishers. These books were meant for primary schools. 

customers fail to return

Booklovers, you can find them in all sorts.

Long, tall, short, rich, poor.

In Botswana a new type has surfaced. People take books from a library and decide not to return the books. Up till now over 900 books have been taken by lovers. 

Read about these booklovers here.

maun businesswoman co-authors

Hannah Bontle LechaMost posts on my website have a relationship with literature, sometimes I add a book on history. Now I want to draw you attention to a book on the life of a businesswoman. The book is not a biography but an encouragement for women to step into the world of business. 


en route, en france


david livingstone online

In a recent article in The Guardian the Nigeria-born writer Chibundu Onuzo mentions the famous missionary and explorer David Livingstone as an example of a white person who went to Africa, so why should not a black person travel unhindered to Europe. 

I just discovered a website on the life and work of David Livingstone and, indeed, he did write about Africa. So I can put him om my weblog.

Here you find the link to his life and work and books. From the Scottish village of Blantyre (1813) to 1873 and Chitambo (now Chipundu, Zambia). His final journey (accompanied by Jacob Chuma) took him to London to his final resting place at the  Westminster Abbey.

Carte de Visit, Portrait of David Livingstone, by P.E. Chappuis. Images courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, D.C.

mccall smith: the secret thrill

He is the creator of the unforgettable Mme Marotswe, the founder of the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency in Botswana. This lady, traditionally built, solves mysteries, cures pain, and brings people together.

Alexander McCall Smith is the creator and he wrote a number of books on this detective agency. He wrote other books as well. He did medical work in southern Africa, before he moved to Edinburgh where he now resides. He tells about his favourite kind of weekend.

Novelist Alexander McCall Smith, 66, at home in Edinburgh