In Search of Cultural Literacy, Not Orthodoxy.

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A Review of Frances Mensah Williams’ From Pasta to Pigfoot. 

Written by Pede Hollist, author of the novel So the Path Does Not Die. His short story Foreign Aid was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing.

“Black is not a colour; it’s a state of mind,” so Caucasian Wesley from Grenada retorts when Ghana-born and Hampstead-England-raised Faye Bonsu declares his race disqualifies him from lecturing her about the mental colonization of black people by whites. Continue reading “In Search of Cultural Literacy, Not Orthodoxy.”

Bite-size Review: Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


I must admit that before reading this novel I was originally sceptical due to my neutral fence against the ‘Chimamanda’ hype. Nonetheless, this book surprised me, and not just the good, gentle, ‘take your breath away’ kind of surprise, but the ‘oh-my-dear-God-did-she-really-just-write-this-I-can’t-believe-what-I’m-reading-somebody-slap-me-I’m-in-book-heaven’ kind of surprise. And I loved every moment – until the last quarter (we will come back to this). Americanah shares a story of two teenage lovers: Ifemelu and Obinze. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”