Books

Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women’s Writing Edited By Yvonne Vera

African women are seldom given the space to express their concerns, their ideas and their reflections about the societies in which they live. In situations where a good woman is expected to remain silent, literature can provide an important medium for the expression of deeply felt and sometimes shocking views. In this anthology the award-winning author Yvonne Vera brings together the stories of many talented writers from different parts of Africa. ...Read More

For Africa by Africa – A Review of ‘Africans Investing in Africa’ by Tolu Ogunlesi

“Africa Rising” is easily the most important story emerging from sub-Saharan Africa this century – more significant, in my opinion, than political unrest, terrorist threats, power hungry dictators, and the prospects of debilitating diseases. A combination of rising commodity prices, improving democratic and governance practices, and the adoption of technology, have helped many sub-Saharan African countries break out the vicious grip of persisting underdevelopment. ...Read More

Showcasing African literature’s contribution to decolonisation: a review of Ngũgĩ: Reflections on His Life of Writing

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that Africans in possession of a curiosity about literature, are not in want of having read a book by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, and that the book probably changed the direction of their life and their perspective on their African identity. ...Read More

Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson

Forced to become a child soldier, a 16-year-old Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this ... tale of loss and redemption for fans of A Long Way Gone and What is the What When Abdi's family is kidnapped, he's forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al-Shabaab. ...Read More

Why Europe Intervenes in Africa? Security, Prestige and the Legacy of Colonialism by Catherine Gegout

This is one of those books that make you want to rethink about anarchy, realism, and to contest the role of institutions in humanitarian issues. It reminds us not to be too optimistic about world politics and always look at potential gains behind altruistic actions. ...Read More

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