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

Archival fever


She came back to Nigeria, she did research and decided to start a publishing firm in Nigeria with a continental impact. The name of the firm is Cassava Republic and her name is Bibi Bakare-Yusuf. In this speech she tells her story to an audience in Soweto at the third Abantu Book Festival. 

‘I Read Morning, Night and in Between


The Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma used to play soccer with all his life. Sneaking out of his parental home to join the boys in the neighborhood. One day he came home, having caught malaria and his body ached. He was admitted at a nearby hospital. His father came and told him a story, now the … Continue reading ‘I Read Morning, Night and in Between

THE THING AROUND YOUR NECK


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

BY THE BOOK: Elnathan John


His name has been settled, but one can never be sure untill the end. He changes names and formerlies. His name at the moment is Elnathan John and he hails from Nigeria. He works on a book set in the northeast of Nigeria, and in the 19th century, a few years before he was born. … Continue reading BY THE BOOK: Elnathan John