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 [...]

Review | All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

Review | All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

Set in the 1970s, Dinaw Mengestu's All Our Names weaves alternate tales about the lives of Isaac, an Ethiopian man caught in a revolutionary movement in Uganda, and Helen, a white American social worker. Through these characters, Mengestu explores class differences, race, revolution, colonialism, and more. For more details, read the goodreads summary. I listened [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]