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30May

“I’m from a long line of troublemakers,” a poignant and captivating statement by the poet and writer, Inua Ellams. His one man show, The 14th Tale opened at the national theatre in February 2010, to rave reviews. At 26, Ellams is one of the youngest playwrights to have his work staged at the national Theatre, […]






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27May

A powerful and emotionally engaging debut novel, Black Mamba Boy, which was recently longlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction, is both a historical document and a work of fiction. Nadifa Mohamed takes us back to Somalia in the 1930s, as she tells the jaw-dropping story of her father’s life and journey. It is […]






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26May

The recent sentencing of a gay couple in Malawi to 14 years in jail has got me thinking about aid in Africa, and wondering if our aid dependency has reduced us to one ‘gigantic welfare state.’ These words resonate with me because they were the same words used by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the series, […]






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25May

I admit, I am intrigued by Lebo Mashile. In my final offering, here is a feature about this fine young woman, whose voice I believe the world will hear more of. Below is the feature of my interview with Mashile. Enjoy!!!! Armed with a sharp intellect and a fierce sense of social exploration through her […]






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24May

“Maaza Mengiste delivers an important story from a part of Africa too long silent in the World Republic of Letters,” words used to describe Maaza Mengiste’s, Beneath The Lion’s Gaze by Chris Abani, the Nigerian author of Graceland and The Virgin Flames. Publishers Weekly goes on to say, “Mengiste is as adept at crafting emotionally […]






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20May

Armed with a sharp intellect and a fierce sense of social exploration through her creativity, Leboganag Mashile is a poet’s poet. She has won the respect of critics, her contemporaries and the hearts of ordinary South Africans.  In her own words, she explains why South Africa is intrinsic to her birth as a poet. Read […]






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19May

Armed with a sharp intellect and a fierce sense of social exploration through her creativity, Leboganag Mashile is a poet’s poet. She has won the respect of critics, her contemporaries and the hearts of ordinary South Africans.  In her own words, she explains why South Africa is intrinsic to her birth as a poet. Read […]






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18May

If there is one thing I hope I am not, it is ignorant. It helps to know what is going on around you and the world you live in. While I do not claim to know it all, I do my best to be as informed as possible while learning everyday. I have learnt that […]






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17May

The issue of homosexuality is a subject that has long divided the church, especially, within the Anglican church. Hence, it is not surprising that recent news reports about the ordination of a lesbian Bishop, has once again raised the divisions that keep sinking deep into the spine of the US Episcopal Church and the global […]






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12May

Gordon Brown’s resignation speech was graceful, sad and moving but I stand to say, the UK is on its way to becoming the joke of Europe. The Conservatives have signed over the lives if millions to The Times and the Murdoch clan, wait and see hell unleash like never before. With job cuts and other […]






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7May

Last year, there was a production at the National Theatre, which focused on elections in a fictitious African country. The premise was that the elections being held in this make-belief country were of the utmost significant level because there were the first democratic elections being held since the military took over. I soon discovered that […]






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6May

As individuals , we have the power to change our lives and as part of society, we have the power to change our world. All over the UK, people have been casting their votes today. I wonder how may people used their ballot cards? And if they didn’t, why? As for who people voted for, […]






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5May

Welcome To Lagos finally came to an end and so has the drama that came with it. Well for now, until the BBC decides to go back in 10 years time. I wonder what the areas they featured would have evolved into and of course, the people?. Where would the likes of Slender, Joseph, Esther […]






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3May

Reading the first few pages of Andre Brink’s , A Fork In The Road, I  found myself wiping tears from my eyes, though they was no plan to cry or any notice that the tears would come streaming. Without sounding self-righteous or self-absorbed, thinking I have the key to heal the world of its pain. […]






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2May

Keeping it real short but I am bopping to this at the moment. My, my, my, the beauty and elegance of Yolanda Adams. What a lady? She is more than three times a lady. Check out that height and the way she carries it with grace. I like!!!! Enjoy!!!






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1May

Keeping it real short today. Meet two women, whose music may be from different genres, but I admire the both of them and in a funny way, one reminds me of the other. Enjoy! Vivien Stephen, fierce, talented and a power house. Angelique Kidjo, gets better, looks younger and she is still fierce, with a […]






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