5 (more) African Short Stories to Read Online

5 (more) African Short Stories to Read Online

At this point, it's not secret that I love short stories (see: 5 African short stories to read online and 5 LGBTQ+ African short stories). It seems like other people love them as well! My blog post about African short stories to read online is my most popular post. If you're looking for something to [...]

Review | How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

Review | How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue

"Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, How Beautiful We Were tells the story of a people living in fear amidst environmental degradation wrought by an American oil company. Pipeline spills have rendered farmlands infertile. Children are dying from drinking toxic water. Promises of clean-up and financial reparations to the villagers are made—and ignored. The [...]

5 LGBTQ+ African Short Stories to Read Online

5 LGBTQ+ African Short Stories to Read Online

After reading Akwaeke Emezi's The Death of Vivek Oji, an imaginative novel about a queer human in an immigrant community in Aba, Nigeria, I scoured the internet for short stories that feature LGBTQ+ African characters. There's something captivating about good short stories. I just can't seem to get enough of them, especially now in the [...]

Thoughts On | So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ

Thoughts On | So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ

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 [...]

Books to Read | July 2019

Books to Read | July 2019

Hello summer! Hello lovelies! How is everyone doing? This post is a little late. There are so many exciting things happening in July for me. Well, not really, just my birthday. But I'm studying for an exam, and trying to organise my life for the second half of the year. So I'm lowering my reading [...]

10 African Literature Classics I am yet to read

10 African Literature Classics I am yet to read

What's the first book that pops in your mind when the topic of Classic Literature comes up? I think about novels like Pride and Prejudice, Animal Farm, Jane Eyre, and the likes. Reading African literature has taught me to expand my view beyond the largely white narratives, and explore classics within my own culture. Classic [...]

Review | Such a Lonely, Lovely Road by Kagiso Lesego Molope

Review | Such a Lonely, Lovely Road by Kagiso Lesego Molope

Set in South Africa, Such a Lonely, Lovely Road is about Kabelo, a doctor who struggles with the expectations of his parents and community. Kabelo grew up in a township, where he learnt early on that it is shameful to be gay or to be considered gay. So he tries to hide his sexuality, to [...]

Thoughts On | La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono

Thoughts On | La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono

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. [...]