Zukiswa Wanner

 
Border delays because officials can
Border delays because officials can
Many African governments have, in the past few years, made it easier to travel across borders on the continent. But, as a South African, it is...
There’s no sweetness in Kenya’s sugar
There’s no sweetness in Kenya’s sugar
On June 13, Kenya’s Cabinet secretary for the interior and co-ordination of national government told the country that sugar imported from Brazil...
I voted yes for land expropriation
I voted yes for land expropriation
In two weeks, I will be done with my four-month Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Studies Writing Fellowship, a partnership between the University of Johannesburg and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore....
Black Panther is more than just representation
Black Panther is more than just representation
I did not see the trailer of Black Panther before I watched it. Deliberately so. I do not watch movie trailers for the same reason I do...
A letter to my Xhosa fathers and brothers
A letter to my Xhosa fathers and brothers
In 2010 before the World Cup, I and nine other writers travelled to eKoloni for four days to donate books and talk literature with the audience, a...
The house of stone: A parable
The house of stone: A parable
In 1980, after a protracted war of liberation, a nation was born in the southern part of the African continent. It was christened Zimbabwe as a nod...
Some are more valid than others
Some are more valid than others
Two countries. Some true stories. During the recent Supreme Court hearing about the elections in Kenya, the lawyers for the electoral commission’s main piece of evidence on why the election should not have been declared null and void was a video of John Kerry stating that the...
We need our own Nobel and an academy
We need our own Nobel and an academy
It is almost six years since I moved to Kenya. And every September for a few days before the announcement of the literature laureate there is an...
What makes a good bookstore?
What makes a good bookstore?
There is no watertight formula for buying books — whether it is for academic purposes, leisure reading or something in between.
Three countries. Three heartbreaks. One week
Three countries. Three heartbreaks. One week
More than once, I have had this feeling that I live on a continent that harbours a deep hatred for those of my gender. And if I was lulled for a...
Comic relief in petitions and re-election contests
Comic relief in petitions and re-election contests
I was wrong in my last column, “Electoral cynicism and the curse of nane nane” (August 17). Raila Odinga’s opposition National Super Alliance...
A case for curiosity and generosity
A case for curiosity and generosity
I have fallen in and out of love with many writers of many different genres from different parts of the world since I was a kid including J.M.Coetzee, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, K Sello Duiker, Zoe Wicomb, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Pumla Gqola, Teju Cole, Zadie Smith, Toni Morrison, Kwame...

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