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Set in the clamorous household of Baba Segi, a larger than life character with a boisterous personality, who believes he is the master of his home and can marry any woman he desires. Ironically, he is the only one  left in the dark about a family secret with the power to kill the pride of […]


Aminatta Forna has been described as a writer of startling talent and in 2007, Vanity Fair praised her as one of Africa’s most promising new writers. The Memory of Love, her second novel is set against the backdrop of the Sierra Leonean civil war but with a twist. Forna weaves in real events like the […]


Chioma Okereke’s debut novel is as intriguing as its title, Bitter Leaf.  Okereke weaves a narrative that is full of musicality and complex characters as she takes you on a journey to experience the life and times of the people of Mannobe, the imaginary world she writes about.  Okereke’s language is vivid, evocative and steeped in […]


It is always a joy to read a book about African society, folktales, cultures and traditions aimed at children. This is what Tofi’s Fire Dance, achieves as it shows a group of African children in a healthy environment as they listen to their great, great grandmother pass their family history down to them. Gogo Tofi […]


Andre Brink unearths memories of his childhood, young adult years and the shock awakening about the levels of deep rooted divisions based on race during the apartheid era of South Africa. Brink, who is one of South Africa’s most acclaimed authors, leaves no stones unturned in this personal memoir, which serves as a lens into […]


The name Chinua Achebe resonates around the world for his work of literature. His debut novel, Things Fall Apart, has remained a jewel of African literature for over 50 years.  The Education of A British-Protected Child is a collection of profound and mind stimulating essays in which Achebe reflects on the different experiences he has […]


A collection of engaging, insightful and provocative essays, Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, shares his critical perspectives on Africa and the African Diaspora through the lens of an African intellectual. Zeleza, who was born in Harare and raised in Malawi, is a renowned scholar, teaching across the continents of Africa and North America. He is also an […]


Welcome to Nairobi, where the heat makes New Orleans on a hot summer day feel like spring. An unknown white woman is murdered and her body is left on the doorstep of a Rwanda Professor, Joshua Hakizimana, revered for the lives he saved during the Rwanda genocide. A bad combination for a murder investigation Interestingly, […]


Irene Sabatini, was yesterday crowned winner of the 2010 Orange Award for New Writers, for her debut novel, The Boy Next Door. Set in the 80s and 90s, The Boy Next Door is both a love story and historical journey of many layers. It chronicles life from the latter days of Rhodesia to the early […]


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 […]


“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 […]


Sarah Ladipo Manyika is one of the most beautiful people I have interviewed and connected with in recent times. Her inner beauty radiates through her words and her actions. She is sweet, intelligent, warm and welcoming. Confident in herself and her own space, she is not afraid to share what she knows. She possesses a […]


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 […]


Set in the 80s and 90s, in Bulawayo, the story starts with the house next door burning down in a blaze of fire which results in the death of Mrs McKenzie. Ian McKenzie, her stepson is held responsible and imprisoned but released after two years. This is where the fascination begins and Lindiwe Bishop is […]


In the last three years, I can boldly confess that I have not missed an issue of Essence. It is and will forever be one of my all time favourite magazines. I find it therapeutic to read the stories of courage and empowerment every month. The magazine caters to the needs of an African beauty like me.