review LIFE OF BISHOP SMYTHIES


The first edition of this book was published in December 1898. The second edition followed in February 1899. I have a very good copy of the second edition. So over 120 years this book was published. It seems that both the first and second edition each had 2000 copies. Who wrote this book? On the … Continue reading review LIFE OF BISHOP SMYTHIES

review LIVINGSTONE


In my mind David Livingstone is a Scotsman who travelled to the southern parts of Africa, did missionary work, started travelling and writing, sought possibilities for commerce and missionary work. Henry Morton Stanley went to look for him, I presume. After Livingstone’s death he was carried by a few of his most faithful followers to … Continue reading review LIVINGSTONE

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

Mukoma wa Ngugi: what decolonizing the mind means today


It has become a topic that is linked with the Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiongo. The relation between literature, language and colonialism. The topic has not been finished yet. His son Mukoma writes in this article about it. He harks back to the days that his father discovered the need to write in his mother … Continue reading Mukoma wa Ngugi: what decolonizing the mind means today

More than just an object


These days the southern African country Namibia seems to be known for its shifting sand dunes. Shifting sands and shifting colours. Till just over a century ago Namibia was a German colony (1884 – 1915), carrying the name Deutsch-Südwestafrika.  One of the colonial officers was Heinrich Ernst Göring (a son of him rose to fame in … Continue reading More than just an object

A conversation with Nakisanze Segawa


The name of the Africa country Uganda is derived from the name of the kingdom of Buganda in present day Uganda. The history of Buganda and other kingdoms is closely connected to the birth of Uganda. People from the outside come to the areas around the immense lake (now Lake Victoria). Arab traders from the … Continue reading A conversation with Nakisanze Segawa