This book is a collection of twelve stories written by the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Most of these stories have been published before, some under another title, one has even been published twice before finding itself in this collection.  Let me state first that I have enjoyed these stories very much. They have been … Continue reading THE THING AROUND YOUR NECK

Zina Saro-Wiwa: ‘For 10 years I didn’t cry about my father’

November 1995 is not to be forgotten. In this month the Nigerian writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, together was others, was executed. His daughter Zina has her exhibition in London (UK) now, after a long journey. Tears were hard to come by. But her dad was present in her life, even when bullets made an … Continue reading Zina Saro-Wiwa: ‘For 10 years I didn’t cry about my father’

She got that glow

The Nigeria-rooted academic and writer Nnedi Okorafor has been on a steady climb in the world of literature and entertainment. She graced the red carpet with the man who accompanied her. To many the name of the man, George R.R. Martin, is more famous than Nnedi Okorafor, at least to some. To her fanbase Nnedi … Continue reading She got that glow

Northern Nigeria Creative Development: The Valley And The Boundary

Today is the start of a festival at the northern Nigerian town Minna. Many literary events take place in the southern parts of the country and it seems that the northern parts are left behind and left on their own. Well, Minna takes up the challenge. Have a look at the website of this festival. 

A Medley of Encounters

I have read quite a number of travel books. Travellers crossing border after border, travelling by foot or bicycle or by car through parts of the immense continent of Africa. One common thread in all these travelogues is the difficulty of crossing borders. The hardship of going from one country to another. Papers do not … Continue reading A Medley of Encounters

In Conversation: Nnedi Okorafor on Venom, George R.R. Martin and

There seems to be no end in publicity for the work of Nnedi Okorafor. She has left her academic career and is now devoted totally to her writing career, a career that doubles as an adventure. In this interview she tells more about her relationship with the man behind Game Of Thrones. His name is … Continue reading In Conversation: Nnedi Okorafor on Venom, George R.R. Martin and