Bite-size Review: The Triangle | Nakisanze Segawa

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The Triangle | Nakisanze Segawa

Published this year Nakisanze Segawa’s The Triangle is a work of historical fiction that will leave you wanting more. Set in the Kingdom of Buganda in the late 1800s the story centres on life at the royal palace. Segawa skilfully makes us privy to the varied and complex relationships played out between the young Kabaka (king) Mwanga II, his wives, his courtiers and the foreigners in his kingdom, European missionaries and Arab merchants. Segawa meticulously researched historical archives in the process of writing this book and it really shows; from Continue reading “Bite-size Review: The Triangle | Nakisanze Segawa”

Bite-size Review: Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories | Beatrice Lamwaka

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Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories | Beatrice Lamwaka

This collection of stories and poems from Beatrice Lamwaka is a powerful contribution to Ugandan literature. Not only does she question the internal politics of Uganda but raises issues that are pertinent the world over. A few of the stories are rooted in the atrocities endured by the Acholi people of Northern Uganda during the time of Joseph Kony and the Lords Resistance Army. The opening story Butterfly Dreams is a short yet formidable read as it conveys the suffering of the individual, the family and society at large as it Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories | Beatrice Lamwaka”

Bite-size Review: Season of Crimson Blossoms | Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

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Season of Crimson Blossoms | Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

With a steady hand Abubakar weaves an affair between fifty-five year old Hajiya Binta Zubairu and twenty-five year old Reza Babale. Reza, a local weed dealer, finds himself entangled in Binta’s life after robbing her place. As Binta stands shocked in the centre of her invaded living space, she suddenly feels a cool blade gently pierce her throat and Reza’s warm breath trailing behind her neck. His abrupt entrance and body warmth arouses Binta – something she had never experienced in her recent marriage before becoming widowed. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Season of Crimson Blossoms | Abubakar Adam Ibrahim”

Bite-size Review: All the Good Things Around Us | Edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah

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This new anthology of African Short Stories is one of the season’s favourite. It brings together renowned, old and new voices, such as Ama Ata Aidoo, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Yvonne Oduor, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Tope Folarin and many more.  The varied writing styles, flirtations with language and vast array of themes explored offer us a cleverly crafted repertoire of human interactions. Unlike the cliché of doom and gloomy Africa, it illuminates the myriad experiences that project the continent’s universal quality as oppose to its ill begotten uniqueness of being. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: All the Good Things Around Us | Edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah”

Bite-size Review: There Is A Country: New Fiction From the New Nation Of South Sudan

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There Is A Country: New Fiction From the New Nation Of South Sudan

This is perhaps the first of many to come. There Is A Country: New Fiction From the New Nation Of South Sudan, edited by Nyoul Leuth Tong is a riveting collection of eight short pieces that set the tone for the birth of a new nation, forged out of the debris and cinders of war and destruction. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: There Is A Country: New Fiction From the New Nation Of South Sudan”

Bite-size Review: The Trouble Causer | Solomon Kubeshenga

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The Trouble Causer

A rough gem long abandoned on the wayside waiting to be known. The Trouble Causer sends us on a journey into the wilderness of the African past, where land, man and animal shares close communion. It tells of the tale of Bugeiga, a rich cattle herder of the Mugirakwe clan whose vanity and pride results in a cycle of bitter rivalry, forced migration and disharmony between clansmen and old friends. Reminiscent of the ancient tales told around the fire side, the Ugandan writer, Solomon Kubeshenga presents an intricate web of history, myths and fables that beautifully unravels the customs and traditions that bind precolonial African societies together. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: The Trouble Causer | Solomon Kubeshenga”

Bite-size Review: The Kindness Of Enemies | Leila Aboulela

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The Kindness of Enemies | Leila Aboulela

Set against the backdrop of globalisation, The Kindness of Enemies is an intelligent, complex and inventive novel that deals with the ravages of cultural estrangement. The lives of five characters (Anna, Shalim, Natasha, Oz and Malak) are intricately threaded together by their experience of politics, religion and culture. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: The Kindness Of Enemies | Leila Aboulela”

Bite-size Review: Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women’s Writing | Edited By Yvonne Vera

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Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women’s Writing | Edited by Yvonne Vera

A worthy and compelling collection of women’s struggles throughout the generations- from our great grandmothers to present. This gem elucidates the resilience and tenacity of the human spirit. In each story, regardless of the circumstance, each woman and girl wins on her own terms, singularly and collectively. There is no victimisation, no shaming but rather a showcase of variable strengths and quiet achievements. Exploring stories from all regions of the continent and diaspora, the collection really does open space for women to be celebrated, discussed and enamoured. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women’s Writing | Edited By Yvonne Vera”

Bite-size Review: The Blinkards | Kobina Sekyi

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The Blinkards | Kobina Sekyi

Hahahahaha- chuckles and elating guffaws is what best characterizes this brilliant piece of comedy. The Blinkards by Sekyi Kobina afflicts the reader with fits of unbridled laughter intermittent by painful episodes of tearful revelations. The play satirizes the damaging influence of western culture on African societies.  Continue reading “Bite-size Review: The Blinkards | Kobina Sekyi”

Bite-size Review: Butterfly Fish | Irenosen Okojie

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Butterfly Fish | Irenosen Okojie

Enchanting readers with the eloquence of a griot, Irenosen Okojie’s début novel Butterfly Fish brings to life the magic of story telling. In a spellbinding saga of love, deceit, guilt and atonement, it tells of the scourge of the sins of the ancestors upon the coming generation. A brass head forge out of blood, seeks retribution from succeeding heirs, tearing families apart and destroying livelihoods. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Butterfly Fish | Irenosen Okojie”