So Long a Letter (originally published in French as Une si longue lettre) is a semi-autobiographical novel by Mariama Bâ. It presents the story of an ageing, Muslim woman in Senegal, who mourns the loss of her husband, and reflects on her marriage, in the form of a letter written to a friend. The novel … Continue reading Thoughts On | So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ
In an effort to connect more with my readers and keep up with all the conversations and jokes that come up online, I made a twitter account. I'm new to twitter, so I'm not quite sure what exactly I'm doing. I'm ready to start bonding with all of you. Follow me on twitter @thelitafrican and … Continue reading I just joined Twitter!
Hibiscus is a beautiful and colourful cookbook filled with Nigerian-inspired dishes. I say Nigerian-inspired because the dishes are based on traditional Nigerian food and ingredients, but feature unconventional methods and spices, to offer a unique experience, and cater to a Western (British) audience. I was a little shocked by some of the dishes featured in … Continue reading What I Learnt | Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo
La Bastarda tells the African queer story from a different perspective. It features lesbian and gay characters in a very traditional village in Equatorial Guinea. The main character, Okomo, grapples her feelings about her father's abandonment, and what it means to be a 'bastard', a woman, and a lesbian, in a society that values none. … Continue reading Thoughts On | La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono
“The family is like the forest: if you are outside it is dense; if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position.” This quote captures some of my feelings after reading Homegoing. I have a large family and we're all pretty close. Whenever I talk to my friends about a family member, … Continue reading Thoughts on | Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
How to Be a Bawse is Lilly Singh's guide to working harder and conquering life, rather than just going through the motions and surviving. The spelling of 'bawse' is intentional to characterize "someone who excels in both personal and professional settings". The lessons are peppered with Lilly's life experiences, and the book has prompts and … Continue reading What I Learnt | How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh
Second Class Citizen tells the story of Adah Ofili, a Nigerian woman born in Lagos during World War II. The story begins with Adah's childhood, dealing with her father's death and her determination to be educated, and describes her adulthood in London, married to Francis, an abusive and unambitious (some might say lazy) husband. The … Continue reading Thoughts On | Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta