pity of the great war


The year of the commemoration of the start of the first world war (or the Great War) is nearing its end. But I foresee that there will be no end in publications on the Great War. This year saw a rise in publications on the relationship between Africa an d the War. Some battle-areas were … Continue reading pity of the great war

laila lalami: history as story


Recently she published her ‘The Moor’s Account’. She had written other books, but this is her first historical novel.  If you need a good excuse to travel to different countries, plan to write a historical novel. Laila will tell you about the places she has been to for her search and research. 

sermon that sent gitari into hiding


Those were the days when a sermon at church could be dangerous in Kenya, during the days of former president Daniël arap Moi. He himself sat in church every Sunday, but sermons should not interfere with his day-to-day politics. His government did not like that. I wonder if he read the prophets in the Bible … Continue reading sermon that sent gitari into hiding

mazrui’s story over the years


The late Ali Mazrui was a prolific writer. He wrote on history and politics, he wrote a novel.  He also wrote a pamphlet titled “When Spain expelled Jews”. The expulsion of the Jews by the Spaniards took place a few centuries ago. Mazrui handed out his signed pamphlet in 1972, when he was teaching at … Continue reading mazrui’s story over the years

mazrui’s culture of intellectual tolerance


Throughout the years Mazrui met many students, on the African continent and on other continents. For a number of years he taught at the  (then) famous Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. One of his students at that university was Okello Oculi. He has written down some of his memories of his professor. 

tribute to prof ali mazrui


In this newspaper article from the Kenyan Daily ‘The Star’ we find more than just a few dates and places connected to the life of Mazrui. The writer explores some of the ideas Mazrui had concerning Africa, ideas concerning imported ideologies that were in vogue in the 60s and 70s of the previous century and … Continue reading tribute to prof ali mazrui