‘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’

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

The Hundred Wells Of Salaga: An Excerpt


There is a need for pre-colonial topics in African literature. I think this important. Recently I read The Triangle by the Ugandan author Nakisanze Segawa. From the other side of the continent we now have The hundred wells of Salaga, by the writer Ayesha Harruna Attah. This book is set in the days of slavery. … Continue reading The Hundred Wells Of Salaga: An Excerpt

African duo win international literary award


One of the many literary prizes connected to the African continent is the Children’s Africana Book Award. Every year this prize is awarded. Previous winner include the South African bishop Desmond Tutu. The prize originates in the United States of America. This year the prize is awarded to the book Grandma’s List. This book has been … Continue reading African duo win international literary award

Ghanaian writer Kwei Armah refreshes an old debate


The debate is not new. Chinua Achebe is considered to be one of the greatest writers coming from the African continent. His novel ‘Things fall apart‘ celebrates its 60th birthday this year. This should be cause for celebrations. But the Ghanaian writer Ayi Kwei Armah has some other opinions on the works of Chinua Achebe … Continue reading Ghanaian writer Kwei Armah refreshes an old debate