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 [...]

What I Learnt | Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo

What I Learnt | Hibiscus by Lopè Ariyo

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 [...]

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 [...]

Review | I Will Always Write Back by Catlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda, with Liz Welch

Review | I Will Always Write Back by Catlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda, with Liz Welch

I Will Always Write Back is a heartwarming story about friendship across continents, cultures, and class differences. It is the true story of Martin, a bright young boy in an impoverished city in Zimbabwe, and Caitlin, a more-privileged friendly American girl. Their relationship started as a pen pal assignment, and developed into an almost-kinship that [...]