Standing in Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as Africans

Standing in Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement as Africans

At this point, everyone should know about the global protest sparked by the brutal murder of George Floyd, at the hands of Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin. These protests have started important conversations about racism, and the structures of white supremacy that enable it. Which led me to reflect on the following questions. What is [...]

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 [...]

Review | I’m Telling The Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi

Review | I’m Telling The Truth, but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi

I'm Telling The Truth, but I'm Lying is a memoir about Bassey Ikpi and her journey with Bipolar II disorder. It is raw, emotional, and moving. For more details, read the goodreads summary here. I had a hard time reading this book in the beginning because I was unfamiliar with the writing style. In one [...]

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. [...]