Ben Okri

 
Okri’s insufficient renaissance
Okri’s insufficient renaissance
The hour-long address, titled “Summoning the African Renaissance: A vision for the individual” was, as expected, eloquent. The malaise lay...
If the cap fits: Revolutionary hats, berets and beanies
If the cap fits: Revolutionary hats, berets and beanies
Walk around in a red beret, even without an Economic Freedom Front (EFF) badge on it, and the chances are people will take you for a fighter in...
The tough alchemy of Ben Okri
The tough alchemy of Ben Okri
Ben Okri was born left-handed and was forced, as was the custom in those days, to become right-handed. As Okri wrote the book that would be published...
The triumph that is The Famished Road
The triumph that is The Famished Road
I recently reviewed Ben Okri's new work, Tales of Freedom, a collection of his short stories. I didn't like it much. Okri seems to have lost...
Free spirit
Free spirit
When Ben Okri was down and out in London in the 1970s, sleeping rough after his Nigerian scholarship dried up, he made a pact with himself. "It...
Whatever happened to literary love?
Whatever happened to literary love?
I am alone next to the pool at Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius. In contrast, all the people around me are paired off. Every coupling is a...
How do SA Cabinet members unwind?
How do SA Cabinet members unwind?
What does President Thabo Mbeki like to do in his spare time? Ballroom dancing? Playing the piano? No, the man likes to work during leisure hours,...

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