In Defence of African literature!

By Henry Brefo

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Commemorate the dead but do not trash the living.

Every so often the debate on African literature redraws the discursive boundaries in attempt to either redefine or reinforce what African literature is or should be? The drama often commence with a celebrated writer exhorting common and emerging textual trends as transgressive. Continue reading “In Defence of African literature!”

Bite-size Review: Bound to Secrecy | Vamba Sherif

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Bound to Secrecy | Vamba Sherif

Compact and layered with rapid events unfolding, Bound to Secrecy drops the reader straight into the action. Without a still moment for reflection, Vamba Sherif invigorates the narrative with consistent mysteries and hushed secrets. Set in a small remote town in Liberia- closed off by dense forest- the story assumes interesting plots twists and turns. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Bound to Secrecy | Vamba Sherif”

Why African Literature (& Culture).

By Marcelle Mateki Akita

Some of you may not be ‘bookaholics’ but literature of any kind, of any history, and of any culture does not limit itself wholly to the media of writing and print. Literature is an art form, and within its own bounds of beauty, cannot and should not have a restricted remit. You may think I’m a hopeless book-romantic and I am not ashamed to admit that. But it’s not just about books, it’s about the life and shape each literature takes and leaves with you. Afrikult. aims to present African Literature in its many forms. We believe that all literature from the African continent (and the African diaspora/descent) carry a part of our identities, an undeniable story, poem, song that relays our shared history, culture and philosophy. Continue reading “Why African Literature (& Culture).”

Interview with Brian Chikwava on his novel ‘Harare North’

Brian Chikwava

For those who have not heard the name- Brian Chikwava – is the author of Harare North. His début novel Harare North, published in 2010, recounts the experience of Zimbabwean migrants squatting in the decrepit quarters of Brixton. Brian has developed a narrative style uniquely his own, his use of language is elegantly provincial, reflective of the sub cultural disposition of his characters. His short story “Seventh Street Alchemy” was awarded the 2004 Caine Prize for African Writing. Afrikult. caught up with Brian  in 2015 to chat about his work… Continue reading “Interview with Brian Chikwava on his novel ‘Harare North’”

Bite-size Review: Harare North | Brian Chikwava

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Harare North | Brian Chikwava

Now, I start this book thinking it will be like normal book, normal like African boy land in UK but struggle book. This book is normal but make your brain go turn on its head because it written in this kind of language. Zimbabwean street vernacular, you see? Sometimes you don’t understand what is happening because of words narrator use; foreign but specific to Zimbabwe street lingo. This book tells painful story of a young illegal immigrant boy without a name. His story be that kind of pain that makes you feel sad and angry. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Harare North | Brian Chikwava”

Interview with Valerie Brandes of Jacaranda Books

Valerie Brandes

At the beginning of the New Year in 2015, Afrikult. caught up with Valerie Brandes, the founder of Jacaranda Books, in the quaint and green suburbs of West Hampstead. Jacaranda Books is an independent publishing house that aims to create a platform for underrepresented voices from a wide cultural heritage, but with a particular focus on works related to Africa, Caribbean, and the Diaspora. Jacaranda was founded on January 2012 and judging by the wide array of subject matter, distinctive and diverse artistic provenance of its books, it’s safe to say that this small and young independent publishing house is certainly worth watching out for. Continue reading “Interview with Valerie Brandes of Jacaranda Books”

Bite-size Review: Wife Of The Gods | Kwei Quartey

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Wife Of The Gods | Kwei Quartey

Kwei Quartey immediately captures the reader’s attention in his debut novel Wife of the Gods throughout the easy-to-read, fast-paced and suspense ridden action. Seamlessly written and told, the story follows Detective Inspector Darko Dawson who is impetuously assigned from the Criminal Investigations Department Headquarters in Accra, to lead a murder investigation in the small town, Ketanu, and neighbouring village, Bedome, in Ghana’s Volta Region. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Wife Of The Gods | Kwei Quartey”

Bite-size Review: Foreign Gods, Inc. | Okey Ndibe

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Foreign Gods, Inc. | Okey Ndibe

Okey Ndibe explores the relationships between traditional Igbo religious systems and fervent Christian worshipers within contemporary contexts. Creatively subtle Ndibe’s exploration takes place with Ike’s story, a Nigerian middle-aged man, educated to degree level and a cab-driver in New York city. The measly earnings Ike makes from the cab service hardly keep him afloat the mounting bills and outstanding debts, the financial demands of his family in Nigeria, the recovery of his recent divorce, to cover his addiction to gambling and alcohol. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Foreign Gods, Inc. | Okey Ndibe”

Bite-size Review: Happiness, Like Water | Chinelo Okparanta

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Happiness, Like Water | Chinelo Okparanta

Chinelo Okparanta’s Happiness Like Water brings together a melange of short stories centred on contemporary issues faced by Nigerian women. In a powerful and lucid language, the lurid details of women subjected to the failings of a sexist society finds a voice. Whether trudging through the cruel accounts of domestic violence or sexual prejudice, the narrators tone maintain a compassionate composure that speaks volume of the continuing exploitation of women within male hegemonic structures. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Happiness, Like Water | Chinelo Okparanta”