Book Reviews

Atemnkeng Reviews Imbolo Mbue’s “Behold the Dreamers”

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Limbe is a coastal resort city by the black, sandy beaches of the Atlantic in the Anglophone South West Region of Cameroon. It is also where Africa’s first million dollar novelist, Imbolo Mbue was born and raised. Her debut novel, “Behold the dreamers” is partly set there. Most of the flashback in her novel also goes there. Imbolo’s very moving reminiscences of places like Half Mile, Down Beach and Isokolo, resonated with me a lot because they are all places that I lived in or visited in Limbe while growing up. Yet, no matter how neatly she paints the portrait of that clean city in her novel, it is ironically a place that she left. It is also a city which her novel’s two main characters, Jende and Neni Jonga also leave behind.

Beaven Tapureta Reviews “Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun” by Sarah Ladipo Manyika


Sarah Ladipo Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and teaches literature at San Francisco State University. Her first novel, In Dependence, was published by Legend Press in London, Cassava Republic Press in Abuja and Weaver Press in Harare.…

New book demystifies natural remedies

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Title: Green Medicines: Pharmacy of Natural Products for HIV and Five AIDS-related Infections ISBN-13:  978-0-9695307-5-6 Publisher: Africa In Canada Press, 25 Blue Oak Street, Kitchener, Ontario N2R 0K3, Canada Author: Professor Kazhila C. Chinsembu Book Review by Magadza It is safe to say that there is no local book that better addresses the Namibian government’s Harambee…

New Poetry by Matt Prater (USA)

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Matt Prater is a poet and writer from Saltville, VA (US). His work has appeared in journals throughout his native Appalachia, including in Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, drafthorse, Floyd County Moonshine, The Hollins Critic, James Dickey Review, Kudzu, Motif, Now & Then, The Pikeville Review, Revolution John, Still: The Journal, and Town Creek Poetry, among…

African Literary Prizes, Legitimacy, and the non-African Gaze by Bwandugi Mugarura

Dr. Francis Crick's Nobel Prize Medal on Heritage Auctions

Every year the African continent holds its breath as we wait for the announcement. We’ve blogged the stories, Googled the authors, engaged in furious debate about the style of writing, about the story, about the author. Then the tweet drops, the website is updated and we all find out who won the Caine Prize. The…

Naomi Benaron Reviews ‘This House Is Not For Sale’ by E.C. Osondu

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Take a collection of colorful, madcap characters linked by a Family House and the despotic grandfather, part god, part politician, and part semi-benevolent dictator, who rules the house. Add a rich sense of culture peppered by local dialect, humor, and the scents of cook fires and earthy, delicious foods. Spice with a hint of political…

Elliot Ziwira Reviews Kutyauripo’s ‘Museve Usingapotse’

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Kutyauripo, the Custodian of Shona Cultural Values   CHINUA Achebe writes in “African Writers Talking” (1972:7) that: “. . . what I think a novelist can teach is something very fundamental, namely to indicate to his readers, to put it crudely that we in Africa did not hear of culture for the first time from…

Shona: Vhenyenguro yebhuku ‘Museve Usingapotse’, na Tinashe Muchuri


Tinshe Muchuri anopinda matare naCrymio Kutyauripo mubhuku Museve usingapotse rakatsikiswa mugore ra2014, neCollege Press Mapeji  134 ISBN 9781779006189 Museve usingapotse inyaya yaKaringe mwanakomana waMambo Chakaingesu uyo airwira nyika yake yainge yabvutwa nemuzukuru wake Pondai. Munyaya iyi munobuda hudzamu hwedzidziso yeupenyu yemunhu mutema kusati kwazouya dzizdiso iriyo mukore uno. Musoro webhuku ‘Museve usingapotse’ chirevo chinoudzamu ukuru.…

African Roar 2014, Reviewed by Ronald Adamolekun


Title: African Roar 2014 ; Publisher: StoryTime (Edited by Ivor Hartmann) Reviewed by Ronald Odamolekun   Probably, the most phenomenal feature of this anthology is that a majority of its writers are young, mostly men in their twenties yearning for expression. They are nurturing much passion for writing in arguably the most difficult of all…

The 2014 Longlisted Writers for Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Book


Here are the seven longlisted writers for this year’s Golden Boabab Prize for Picture Book: Katherine Graham – A wordsmith by profession, Katherine fills her days writing articles for magazines and looking after her two boys, husband and ginger cat. She started her career as an economics reporter for the South African Broadcasting Corporation and,…