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 … Continue reading Review | Such a Lonely, Lovely Road by Kagiso Lesego Molope
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 … Continue reading Review | David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
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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 … Continue reading Review | I Will Always Write Back by Catlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda, with Liz Welch
Changes is about Esi, a 'modern woman' in Ghana, who leaves her husband because of their unhappy marriage (and an incident of marital rape). She finds love soon after, in a polygamous relationship. In this story, Esi navigates what it means to live on her own terms, as a woman in 1990s Ghana. I was … Continue reading Review | Changes by Ama Ata Aidoo
I was wary of science fiction and fantasy until I read this novel. When I read the beginning, about a man longing for a woman and walking across the earth to find her. I assumed that it'll be a cute romance story about how love breaks all obstacles. I was wrong. Very wrong. Instead, the … Continue reading Review | Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler