BY THE BOOK: Oltesh Thobias


This Oltesh is from Tanzania and he has risen to the position of writing a book. His favourite writer is Dale Carnegie. Do not expect much in the way of literature in his reading habits. Could we convince him to buy books a a local bookstore instead of global webmasters? In this article you will … Continue reading BY THE BOOK: Oltesh Thobias

Between Worlds


One of the greatest pop icons of the world was born on Zanzibar. His name was Farrokh Bulsara. He was better known as Freddy Mercury, frontman of the band Queen.  A great name in poetry from the very same island is the one of Haji Gora Haji, an informal poet laureate. His head is filled with … Continue reading Between Worlds

Said A. Mohamed: I will write until my last day on this earth


He has a impressive career in languages. He taught at universities in Kenya and Switzerland. His name is Said A. Mohamed. His life has been dedicated to African languages. Not only was he a teacher and scholar at heart, he is also a writer. True to his dedication these books were written in KiSwahili. In this … Continue reading Said A. Mohamed: I will write until my last day on this earth

Review of ELEPHANT GOLD


The elephant population is declining, despite effort on the continent to stem the tide. Many resources are being pulled to fight against the poachers and the big business behind them.  In this book, written for young people, we get a look into the world of elephants and the world of poaching and the tourism trade.   … Continue reading Review of ELEPHANT GOLD

PARADISE


Where is paradise? The Tanzanian writer Abdulrazak Gurnah (Zanzibar, 1948, now living in the United Kingdom) wrote a book with the title Paradise. This book was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize. I do not know if Abdulrazak has reached the gates of paradise, I do not even know if Yusuf, the protagonist, has reached … Continue reading PARADISE

LIFE WITH DAKTARI


Susanne Hart was a vet who was based in Nairobi, Kenya, and who worked in different parts of the country. She was trained in London, United Kingdom, and got her first experience in South Africa where she settled with her first husband.  After the breakup of her marriage she continued working in South Africa where … Continue reading LIFE WITH DAKTARI