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17Feb

It is rather sad that the idea of reading is still relegated to school days. When you stop reading, you stop learning. The statistics in this report are disappointing and it is really shameful that people don’t feel the need to read anymore. Without a doubt, not every book you come across is for you […]






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12Jan

Lola Shoneyin’s debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, is a tragic-comedy, which tells the story of Baba Segi, a larger-than-life character with a boisterous personality, his four wives and their riotous polygamous household. Set in Nigeria, Shoneyin explores and exposes the detrimental effects of polygamy on those caught up in it. In […]






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3Jan

I have never read a book by Michell McKinney Hammond, which ended on the note of disappointment. She is always on point as far as I’m concerned. From her novels to her books on relationships, finance and being the lady you envision and have always wanted to be. Anyone remember the Diva Principles? Hammond knows […]






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24Dec

Precious: A True Story is described as a poignant tale about childhood, abandonment, identity, relationships, family, life’s obstacles and survival. In her own words, Precious Williams talks about her decision to write about her childhood and why she is not bitter about life or the vents that occurred. Belinda: How long did it take you […]






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21Dec

A friend and I were talking the other day and she asked me about the technique I use when reviewing books. I don’t know if there is a technique as such. What I can say is that as a books reviewer/critic, I never set out to look for the bad aspects of a book. When […]






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2Dec

A memoir of all memoirs…Leah Chishugi’s story is so compelling,  I had to ask where she gets the strength to carry on? A formidable woman and a humanitarian at heart, I am in awe of her bravery. To survive a genocide is no joke but to watch your uncle killed in front of you and […]






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10Nov

Sarita Mandanna gives us a thrilling and enthralling epic story with her debut novel Tiger Hills. A strong, poetic and fluid narrative, Mandanna writes with the kind of musicality and subtle humour that forces you to sit and read in one go. Set in a coffee plantation in the Coorg region of India, where the […]






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9Nov

Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman is as intriguing a title, like the story it tells. Written by Ogo Akubue-Ogbota, it is the stirring tale of a young Nigerian girl who metamorphosises into a woman of great courage when mysterious circumstances befall her family. In her own words, Ogo Akubue-Ogbota and why she hopes her readers will be inspired to […]






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8Nov

“Be generous with your advice: live it instead,” says Nana Awere Damoah. He is putting soul back into reading with his collection of heart-warming stories laced with traditional Ghanaian proverbs. Without being preachy, Damoah reiterates the importance of appreciating the value of small beginnings, why parents should appreciate their children while they can and why […]






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5Nov

Welcome to Mannobe, a village with its own personality. It is clear from the onset that Chioma Okereke is a wordsmith, which shines through as her narrative is rich in language. From the sights and sound of Mannobe village, to its exotic taste and colourful characters, with unusual names like Allegory, Jericho, Driver, Guitar and […]






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4Nov

This is a collection of intriguing short stories which transcend beyond the barriers of gender, religion and class. Sefi Atta, winner of the 2009, Noma Award for Publishing, Africa’s highest publishing honour, presents us with a range of versatile narrative voices, which gives us insight into their daily lives and experiences. In the title story, […]






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3Nov

Set in a fictitious African village, Leonaroa Miano, the Cameroonian writer tells us the harrowing story of the people of Eku and the night they all wish never happened. Ayané, the protagonist of Miano’s story returns to her village after three years in France. Ostracised and referred to with disdain as the daughter of the […]






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2Nov

Rwanda, land of a ‘thousand hills,’ conjures up a varied number of memories for many of us but the most vivid are images of the 1994 genocide. An atrocity, which left over half a million people dead, and forced the international community to make its promise of ‘Never Again.’ But when it mattered most, the […]






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1Nov

If words turn you on, then Migritude is a book you must read. Now, get your mind off sex, think about words challenging you and doing the Brazilian samba with your mind. Hypnotic, potent and powerful, Shailja Patel leaves nothing untouched. From the political (Did you know the US and Britain supported Idi Amin to […]






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13Oct

In Beneath The Lion’s Gaze, we are immediately taken into a nation at war with itself and its citizens by Maaza Mengiste. Chaotic and unpredictable, the burden on the shoulders of the ordinary people is of immense magnitude and has the ability to rip the nation apart. Set during the Ethiopian Revolution of 1974, Beneath […]






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12Oct

Andrea Levy takes us to Jamaica in the 1830s during the last days of Slavery and early years after emancipation. A harrowing tale of oppression, July, her protagonist, is the daughter of a slave woman and a white overseer; however she is treated like a slave on the Amity Plantation where she was born.  Through […]






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11Oct

Welcome to Hay An Najat, Casablanca. This is where Youssef El-Mmekki lives with his mother. No, it is not the tourist idyll sold to the world by travel agents. It is a slum. A place he desperately wants to escape from due to the stench off poverty that hits you as soon as you enter […]






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11Oct

A new book, Conversations With Myself, about one of the most iconic figures in our lifetime and this Millennium, Nelson Mandela is out tomorrow. I cannot wait to lay my hands on it. The first book about Madiba I will ever read. His autobiography is still on my Amazon wish-list and I intend to go […]






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