A doctor and a diplomat on the ebola frontline


The Ebola has been going around for at least several decades in West Africa. Congo / Zaïre has been one of the hot spots. Recently I read a book on an outbreak in Congo, long time ago.  The problem is still not over. Now a new book has come on the market. Getting to Zero … Continue reading A doctor and a diplomat on the ebola frontline

« La négritude n’aurait pas connu un tel éclat sans Lilyan Kesteloot »


She hailed from Belgium and lived her childhood in the Belgian colony Congo. Her relationship with Africa would be an everlasting relationship. She studied in Belgium, did her doctorate and lectured at universities. She studied and lectured about African literature, especially the French-language wing of it. In this way she met the movement of ‘négritude’. … Continue reading « La négritude n’aurait pas connu un tel éclat sans Lilyan Kesteloot »

Review of YAMBUKU


Yambuku. Days may have passed that you did not travel to Yambuku. A small place in a hidden corner of the immense country of Congo or Zaïre. There is a small settlement of missionaries from Belgium. They started their work in 1935 and the settlement has grown since. Nuns came from Belgium and settled there … Continue reading Review of YAMBUKU

pontas novels hitting bookshops in the uk and the us


Sometimes it seems that writers that have published in an African country are landlocked and are not able to burst out of the local bubble. In this article you will find several names of writers who will be published in the United Kingdom and in the Unites States of America. For these writers this is … Continue reading pontas novels hitting bookshops in the uk and the us

DIAMANT


“Diamonds are a girls best friend.” This is a saying that has gone worldwide. This book is about diamonds, but most of the characters in this book are men. The writer Jef Geeraerts (1930 – 2015) was a Belgium writer, who worked for some years, during the fifties, as a colonial servant in the former … Continue reading DIAMANT

THE YEAR OF THE GORILLA


Last Tuesday I drew your attention to the book ‘Life with Daktari, written by Susanne Hart. In this book she talks about people she met during her time in Kenya where she worked as a vet, specialized in wildlife. One of these people was George Schaller, reading this name, I thought: I have come across … Continue reading THE YEAR OF THE GORILLA