Habib al-Sayah: Cracking ‘the Shell of the Taboo Around Talking about Algerian Jews’


Algeria as we know it has a long, very long history. One group has been living in Algeria for many centuries. They came from the east, the near east. They came from the north, from the Iberian Peninsula, after persecution. These jews settled in what is now Algeria and live there up till this day.  … Continue reading Habib al-Sayah: Cracking ‘the Shell of the Taboo Around Talking about Algerian Jews’

Shut up and write


Was Albert Camus an African writer? On my pages he counts as one. Born and raised in Algeria during the colonial days he is one of the guys, according to me. But some one born and raised in the United States with Nigerian parents?  The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was asked the question: Are … Continue reading Shut up and write

Scholastique Mukasonga: Au Brésil, “une femme noire ne compte pour rien”


There are strong links between the African west coast and the Latin American country Brasil. During m,any centuries there were contacts and Brazilian immigrants put their stamp on the architecture at the coast. Slaves were brought to Brasil to work at the plantations.  The Rwandan writer Scholastique Mukasonga spend time in Brasil and writes in … Continue reading Scholastique Mukasonga: Au Brésil, “une femme noire ne compte pour rien”

Turning the ‘Curse of Ham’ into a blessing


What is your origin? Where do we come from and how does this origin define us? One of the books with a story of origin is the bible. Due to poor exegesis the idea emerged that Africans were cursed, due to their ancestor Ham. How do writers with African roots, from different parts of the … Continue reading Turning the ‘Curse of Ham’ into a blessing