On the kidnapped African boy


Let us go back to the year 1707. A sailing vessel sailed from the Gold Coast to the Dutch port of Amsterdam, one of the most important ports and trading centers of its day. One of the people sailing on board was a very young boy, who was on his way to the German town … Continue reading On the kidnapped African boy

Review of THE PHILOSOPHY OF DESERT METAPHORES IN IBRAHIM AL-KONI


Just over two years ago I read The Bleeding of the Stone by the Libyan writer Ibrahim al-Koni. I do admit that I read a translation for I do not read nor understand Arabic. And Arabic is the language al-Koni (1948) uses in his writing, eventhough only at the age of 12 did he start learning … Continue reading Review of THE PHILOSOPHY OF DESERT METAPHORES IN IBRAHIM AL-KONI

Le français, notre bien commun ? Par Alain Mabanckou et Achille Mbembe


Maybe the French president Emmanuel Macron has met his superior in the German chancellor Anega Merkel. What ever the truth maybe, it is clear that he tries to tighten the ties with Francophone countries and parts of countries. This called the Francophonie. Many countries in Africa have ties with France, a former colonial power. It … Continue reading Le français, notre bien commun ? Par Alain Mabanckou et Achille Mbembe

SOCRATES AND Òrúnmìlà


First of all I want to apologize for the lack of proper orthography in the use of the Yoruba (and related) names in this article. On the cover of the Dutch edition the orthography is used, but in between the covers the words are stripped to their basic essentials.  I will try to give a … Continue reading SOCRATES AND Òrúnmìlà

review AFRIKAANS DENKEN


This is not a book for a lazy Sunday afternoon. It is not the first time that I have read a book on philosophy, but this book was an uphill battle and I do not pretend that I have understood everything. Maybe it did not help I read the book over a long period, for … Continue reading review AFRIKAANS DENKEN