review OUT OF DARKNESS, SHINING LIGHT


It took the lawyer and writer 20 years to write this book.It took her 10 years of historical research in libraries.It took her 350 pages to write it down. It brought me a fascinating read. I have read books about David Livingstone, the Scotchman who travelled through southern Africa in the nineteenth century. Who wrote … Continue reading review OUT OF DARKNESS, SHINING LIGHT

review LIFE OF BISHOP SMYTHIES


The first edition of this book was published in December 1898. The second edition followed in February 1899. I have a very good copy of the second edition. So over 120 years this book was published. It seems that both the first and second edition each had 2000 copies. Who wrote this book? On the … Continue reading review LIFE OF BISHOP SMYTHIES

review The HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITIES’ MISSSION TO CENTRAL AFRICA


On page 259 I saw it with my own eyes. The words: “Ex Africa semper aliquid novi”.  One of the forms in which this famous statement has rolled through history.  But let me start at the beginning. We do not start in Central Africa but in the British university town Cambridge. The explorer and missionary … Continue reading review The HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITIES’ MISSSION TO CENTRAL AFRICA

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