Books

Africa's Discovery of Europe: 1450-1850 by David Northrup

In ‘Africa's Discovery of Europe’, David Northrup explores African perspectives on contact with Europe and Europeans in the four centuries to 1850. This is done using life stories and personal accounts, though in many cases these are only known indirectly, through European texts. ...Read More

War of Intervention in Angola (Volume 1: Angolan and Cuban Forces at War, 1975-1976)

“Over time, a more comprehensive picture began emerging, indicating that a series of three successive wars were fought in Angola in the period from 1961 until 2002. The first of these - variously known as the ‘Angolan War of Independence’, or ‘I Angolan War’ - went on from 1961 until 1974, saw insurgencies by multiple Angolan nationalist movements fighting against the Portuguese colonial rule. It ended with the Portuguese withdrawal and nominal independence of Angola. Even before that conflict was over, a ‘civil’ war erupted between three major Angolan insurgent movements and their foreign backers. Lasting until 1992, and including military interventions by Cuba and South Africa, and discrete meddling by the United States of America (USA) and even China, this war is colloquially known as ‘II Angolan War’.” ...Read More

Recruited from Nigeria to be a computer technician — then forced into prostitution in Italy

When Blessing Okoedion arrived in Italy from Nigeria, she met a woman she was told to call Madam Faith, who explained to her the work rules. First, she described the various types of police cars, and how she was supposed to run if any potential client opened their car doors because it was probably an undercover cop. “Clients don’t open their doors,” Faith told her. She was supposed to charge at least €20 (US$24) a person, though some might only pay €10 or €15. She must refuse nobody. ...Read More

‘Trevor Noah Born a Crime’

Trevor Noah is very well-known as a stand-up comedian. In recent times, his role as the host of the late-night show on Comedy Central called The Daily Show surely thrust him to a wider audience than before. In 2016, Trevor published and released his book, ‘Born a Crime’ that hinges on his stand-up style of message delivery, but his accounts here are raw and personal. The Trevor Noah book should be a good read, especially if you want an in-depth understanding of the apartheid era through the eyes of a person whose birth violated every rule on the land. ...Read More

This House Is Not For Sale – E.C. Osondu

An old house, a patriarch, and its numerous inhabitants with incredible pasts… ...Read More

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