review AN INSTANT IN THE WIND


What kind of novel is this book by the late South African writer André Brink? Is it a historical novel? Is it a psychological novel? Is it a thriller? Is it a political statement? Is it ….? This beautiful novel can be read in many ways. You can peel off layer after layer. You may … Continue reading review AN INSTANT IN THE WIND

Review OPERATIE LAAT NIETS IN LEVEN


Two Dutch journalists, Arnold Karskens and Henk Willem Smits, focus in this book on the Dutch businessman Guus Kouwenhoven (or mr. Gus). What is so special about this man that two journalist have followed this man over a period of many years, have delved into archives, have talked with the man himself and many others?  … Continue reading Review OPERATIE LAAT NIETS IN LEVEN

Role of women in Mau Mau has been ignored


The Kenyan writer Kui Kitonga looked back into history to find role models for children. She delved into the times of the attempt to gain independence from the colonial masters in Kenya. The days of the Mau Mau were filled by men. Were women absent? In her research Kui discovered female warriors. Now she has … Continue reading Role of women in Mau Mau has been ignored

African history for kids


Many books have been written about African history. From all different perspectives. Written by Africans, written by westerners. Put together in institutions of higher learning in London or Paris. A new perspective has been added to this flow of books. The South African historian Nomalanga Mkhize  has written a book on Africa’s history for children. … Continue reading African history for kids

Kwame Anthony Appiah on the Complications of Identity


The Ghanaian writer and researcher Kwame wrote a book about a young boy from the Gold Coast who was brought to one of the principalities of present day Germany. The journey took place hundreds of years ago. A black boy in a white world of privilege. He entered those circles and he became part of … Continue reading Kwame Anthony Appiah on the Complications of Identity

review of TAXING AFRICA


That day the assistant-chief came to my compound. Some time after we ended the formal greetings he mentioned the main topic of his visit. In the near future a fundraising (Harambee) would be held in the area. The Big Man Nomen Nescio was to be the main Guest of Honour. We could not let the … Continue reading review of TAXING AFRICA