Eritrean novelist Haji Jaber: On writing the stories of the Falasha Jews


Jews have been dispersed over the globe. Sometimes by force, sometimes by necessity, sometimes looking for greener pastures. Due to this diaspora you will find Jews all over the globe. The airlifting of Ethiopian Jews to Israel got much media exposure.  The Eritrean writer Haji Jaber has researched a group of Jews in his recent … Continue reading Eritrean novelist Haji Jaber: On writing the stories of the Falasha Jews

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 THE TRIAL OF HISSÈNE HABRÉ


A landlocked country (even the shores of the lake are receding) in the midst of the enormous African continent. This country carries the same name as the lake: Chad. From 1982 – 1990 Hissène Habré ruled this country. He was no stranger to power for during previous reigns he had been Prime Minister and Secretary … Continue reading Review of THE TRIAL OF HISSÈNE HABRÉ

The history of football in Nigeria


The World Championship Football is played out on fields in Russia. One of the participants is the Green Eagles team. The national squad from Nigeria. Nigerian football has seen many famous names, some of the players have played and play for major teams in Europa (and other continents) where they have gained glory. Think of … Continue reading The history of football in Nigeria