Books

Calling young writers
Calling young writers
The theme for this year’s International Youth Day, which was celebrated on August 12, is Transforming Education. It serves to highlight efforts...
Let’s do it by the book
Let’s do it by the book
Nearly half (47,6%) of the country’s children never read a book or drew pictures (44,7%) with a parent or guardian, according to 
Write the future with young adults
Write the future with young adults
There is a trivia game called Africa Trumps that every African should be aware of. Each card has the name of an African country, the average age of...
The fraternity of lived genius
The fraternity of lived genius
When I was a precocious, somewhat mercurial child, my mother was a devout follower of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her curiosity and wanderlust...
You’ve got to Love Books
You’ve got to Love Books
When Love Books in Melville threw a party to celebrate its 10th birthday, owner Kate Rogan said in her speech that she’d been rather put out...
Nights of the Creaking Bed offers a panoramic view of Lagos
Nights of the Creaking Bed offers a panoramic view of Lagos
A close friend recently related a story of how a cousin, four years his senior, “molested” him repeatedly as a child. The quotation marks on...
Dear Toni, thank you for seeing us
Dear Toni, thank you for seeing us
"We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” — Toni Morrison
Vignettes on our lives and dreams
Vignettes on our lives and dreams
You know what they say about judging a book by its cover. But no one ever said anything about judging a book by its name. When a friend presented...
Healing from shame is a marathon task
Healing from shame is a marathon task
The subtitle of Costa Carastavrakis’s memoir, I Am Costa: From Meth to Marathons, really only covers half the story. Yes, it’s a...
A literary snapshot of Somaliland
A literary snapshot of Somaliland
I spent last week at arguably the most well-organised and longest running book festival in East Africa, the Hargeysa International Book Fair. It...
Masande Ntshanga and the science of writing fiction
Masande Ntshanga and the science of writing fiction
‘We have a tendency to take things for granted because we live here and because there are so many stories that get told about [South Africa],”...
Matthew Buckland: A pioneer’s path in the blogsphere
Matthew Buckland: A pioneer’s path in the blogsphere
Thought Leader was ahead of its time and enthusiastically received by the country. Essentially a group blogging platform, Thought Leader allowed...
The Portfolio: Dudu Busani-Dube
The Portfolio: Dudu Busani-Dube
February has always been a dull month for me, a dreadful period where I’m tired and irritable. My sister says it’s my mind rebooting itself. I...
Moses, we shall sing your Redemption Song
Moses, we shall sing your Redemption Song
The poet and urban planner was killed by thugs earlier this month. His friend and mentor Vonani Bila reflects on and honours the life...

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