Opinion

Ngugi wa ThiongÕ,

Ngũgĩ wa Thiongo’s public lecture at Wits University

3 March 2017 - Wits University Knowledge of mother tongue is power, the lack of is enslavement says legendary author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. The celebrated author delivered a public lecture on Thursday, 2...

Gender-marking is so 1800s. Stop it!

My name is Vuyo. Just Vuyo to most people. In full, it’s Vuyolwethu. On a daily basis, I interact with strangers via email, and I get mistaken for a man. Growing...

Shakespeare in South African schools: to die, to sleep – or perchance to dream?

William Shakespeare is a sometimes controversial figure in South Africa’s school...

Should Shakespeare be taught in Africa’s classrooms?

Actor Joseph Marcell plays the lead role in The Globe’s production of Shakespeare’s King Lear in Malta, Valletta. Shakespeare divides opinions and his texts often terrify learners. Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters Chris Thurman,...

You Can Write Black Characters, Just Not From Their Perspective

Artists can be a nuisance at times, especially the pen-wielding delinquents amongst them. I don’t know what it is about them (maybe it’s their over-active imaginations?), but writers can out of...

A tribute to Keorapetse Kgositsile, South Africa’s poet laureate

Renowned South African poet and liberation struggle hero Keorapetse Kgositsile. ...

Thinking, researching and writing Africa: insights from Nigeria’s Tutuola

Amos Tutuola’s work is enjoying renewed interest and support. Flickr/vanderfrog, CC BY-ND Francis Nyamnjoh, University of Cape Town For many years, Amos Tutuola, the Nigerian author who was born in 1920 and died in...

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