Books

Achebe and Friends at Umuahia: The Making of a Literary Elite – Terri Ochiagha

Known by several names in its nearly a century as a centre of building character and developing intellect, including Primus Inter Pares among all Government Colleges in Nigeria and ‘The Eton of the East’, Government College Umuahia (GCU) has been one of the more important secondary schools in Nigeria. ...Read More

Remembering the "Voice of Freedom"

Zimbabwe this week celebrated Heroes and Defence Forces Day on 12 and 13 August respectively in an atmosphere that reflects the great strides made since independence in ensuring peace, freedom and security. ...Read More

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening

Colonialism and nationalism are big words. So big that they may become meaningless abstractions. Through telling about his personal experiences with these overarching concepts, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o shows what possible meanings they can acquire. In the trilogy of memoirs, he wrote – Dreams in a Time of War, In the House of the Interpreter and Birth of a Dream Weaver – Ngũgĩ charts the vicissitudes of life from his birth in 1938 in a peasant homestead in Limuru, Central Kenya to his admission to Leeds University in 1964. ...Read More

A Companion to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is undoubtedly one of the most engaging literary figures to have burst onto the world’s literary landscape in recent times. ...Read More

Poor Numbers: How We are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to do About It by Morten Jerven

The economic data for most countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular GDP numbers, are so bad that they are almost useless without an understanding of the economic and statistical histories of individual countries. The misuse of such data has distorted policy decisions by governments, multilateral bodies, and development agencies, as well as the broader perception of Africa. And a huge body of academic work by economists that relies on such data is a case of "garbage in, garbage out". ...Read More

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