review HATARI

What came first? The book or the film? I do not know. Book and film probably were created in the early sixties of the last century. The book tells a story about the northern part of Tanzania, around Arusha. A woman has inherited a soecial farm from her father when he died.  The speciality of … Continue reading review HATARI

what reaches the world

Here is another story about the many stories coming from Africa. This time the focus is on South Africa. It is clear that a writer in Cairo is working in a different context than his fellow-writer in Maputo. Let us not put them all together on one pile, labelled ‘African writing’. There is too much … Continue reading what reaches the world

l’écrivain algérein boualem sansal

The Arab Spring is a season in the political life of many arab/islamic countries. When it be spring forever? Or will a fall follow this spring? Will it be possible to get a democratic system or will the democratic effects be eroded by other powers?  The Algerian writer Boualem Sansal is not optimistic about the … Continue reading l’écrivain algérein boualem sansal


In her third books Waris relates her battle against FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). She finds out to her great dismay that even in several European countries FGM is being applied. Sometimes it is being done by a traditional female circumciser, sometimes by a medical doctor, some parents go with their children to their country of origin, … Continue reading review SCHMERZENSKINDER

nadifa mohameds lost souls in the aros museum

What do Nadifa and Kay Christensen have in common? Nadifa Mohamed is a writer, born in Somalia.  Kay Christensen is a painter from Denmark. Worlds apart, I would think. But Jama Musse Jama has different thoughts about it. He looked at the characters in Nadifa’s latest book ‘The orchard of lost souls’. He read the … Continue reading nadifa mohameds lost souls in the aros museum


The second book by model Waris Dirie is all about her first journey to Somalia, since she left her country as a young girl to work as a housemaid for her uncle who was the ambassador in London. Quite a few times Waris mentions what she already wrote in her first book. In this way … Continue reading review DESERT DAWN