Glossing Africa


‘Habari yako?’ Could I make a start like this? Should I write a translation at the bottom of this page?  Should I put the translation between brackets? Or just leave at as it is?  All kinds of possibilities. So what will a writer / editor / publisher do with the odd word out?  Namwali Serpell … Continue reading Glossing Africa

Namwali Serpell: Being Zambitious


She teaches American literature to American Students, while coming from Zambia herself. This should not be a special things in a globalizing world. Just like an American teaching African literature somewhere at an African university or writing about it. The world is shrinking (in some ways) and we are getting closer. Even a man with … Continue reading Namwali Serpell: Being Zambitious

A POINT OF NO RETURN


Let me not straight away delve into this collection of ten short stories, but write about the author first. Mulikita was born in Zambia in 1928. Part of his formal education he obtained in Grahamstown (South Africa), later on he went to the United States of America to study at Stanford University.  In his working … Continue reading A POINT OF NO RETURN

us $5m textbook scandal deepens


Education is important, also in the country Zambia. For a good education pupils and students need good textbooks, to help them in their studies. But how do they get these textbooks? Who will supply these books? Who will decide on what kind of books to supply to the schools. Many questions and important questions. Have … Continue reading us $5m textbook scandal deepens

please don’t airbrush african teen fiction


You have written the story of your life. You submit the manuscript to the editor of a publishing house. Some time later you get a response.  Please change this. Please change that. Please erase that passage. Please add another paragraph there. What would be your response?  The Zambian writer Ellen Banda tells about this process.

rad women read


She shot to fame due to her story that was selected by the Caine Prize. Here you can listen to her reading another story. “Z is for Zora”. Her name is Namwali Serpell and she hails from Zambia, these days she lives and works in the United States of Diaspora, to be more precise UC … Continue reading rad women read