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

Young writers receive government backing


The land of so many hills, devoid of plastic bags. The land with so many memories, hidden and exposed. The land with a past and a future. The land with budding writers. Now these writers get government support. I hope that this support will not stifle them in their literary ambitions and deviations and thoughts … Continue reading Young writers receive government backing

THE YEAR OF THE GORILLA


Last Tuesday I drew your attention to the book ‘Life with Daktari, written by Susanne Hart. In this book she talks about people she met during her time in Kenya where she worked as a vet, specialized in wildlife. One of these people was George Schaller, reading this name, I thought: I have come across … Continue reading THE YEAR OF THE GORILLA

The magic of storytelling


They came together at a public library in Kigali, the capital city of the landlocked African country Rwanda. They were writers, storytellers. They were invited as shortlisted writers for the Husa Press Prize for Fiction. They talked about their stories, about their reasons for writing.  Read more about this meeting here.