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 [...]

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. [...]

Review | David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Review | David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

David Mogo, Godhunter is a gritty narrative about the Lagos underworld, Isale Eko (or Eko Isale) after displaced gods start inhabiting the city. Read the goodreads description.  It is not a 'pretty' or 'flowery' novel. There is crime, blood, violence, and a good dose of profanity. A chunk of the dialogue is in Pidgin and [...]