Opinion

Literature by Africans in the diaspora can help create alternative narratives

Aretha Phiri, Rhodes University Celebrated Ghanaian writer and academic Ama Ata Aidoo has no time for “Afropolitans”. This is a notion...

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...

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...

The ‘magic of moments’: Ben Okri on slow reading and his new novel

by Madeleine Wilson, UNSW Nigerian writer Ben Okri is the author of eight novels and numerous volumes of short stories, essays and poetry. He was awarded the Booker Prize for Fiction for his...
video

On the Map: Sabata-mpho Mokae

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hAFBSC0KE4 "On the Map" is a series of interviews with writers while they are in Iowa City participating in the International Writing Program's fall residency. The series is produced by the IWP...

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...
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...
Sol PLaatje University

Kimberley: You beauty of literature

It was 4:00 am in the morning. The air in my room, humid from a night spend with closed windows, felt heavy on my lungs as I took it in with...

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