Zimbabwe: 'Long Time Coming' Hope and the Role of the Artist
[The Herald]"LONG Time Coming" (2008), edited by Jane Morris and published by amaBooks, chronicles the mundane and sordid experiences of the common man, as he stoically trudges on along the scalding earth of his existence in a community desperately waiting for the rain.
Gambia: Gambia National Library to Be Digitalised
[Daily Observer]The director general of the Gambia National Library Service Authority (GNLSA) has on Tuesday informed lawmakers of the joint session of the Public Accounts and Public Enterprises Committees (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly that efforts are on track for the digitalisation of the archival materials of the said Library.
Zimbabwe: When 'Branching Streams Flow in the Dark' Hope Dies
[The Herald]CHARLES Mungoshi's latest novel "Branching Streams Flow in the Dark" (2013) does not only venture into the presumed murky waters of the stigmatisation and stereotyping associated with HIV/AIDS, but it poignantly pokes at the tragic outcomes of whimsicality and individualism on the family unit, which reflect on the national discourse.
Nigeria: Bello Fadile's Grouse With Obasanjo's My Watch
[Guardian]IN spite of the court order that has hampered the distribution, and by extension accessibility of the newly released three-part s autobiography of former President Olusegun Obasanjo entitled My Watch, the magnum opus (apology to Prof. Wole Soyinka) has continued to general reactions.
Nigeria: Watch the Watcher... Revisiting Obasanjo's Reign
[Guardian]THIS is a provocative and polemical book of memories and reflections by Yinka Odumakin about General Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria's military head of state (1976-1979) and elected President (1999-2007). The author was motivated to write the book to challenge exaggerated claims of heroic grandeur and accomplishments made by the former President. He hopes that the book will add to the collective memory card of Nigerians so that they do not suffer the disease of amnesia which encourages unworthy public men and w
Nigeria: Iweka's So Bright a Darkness in Print
[Guardian]THE affairs of men are not usually straight. This accounts for the many evils in society. But Chidubem Iweka's So Bright A Darkness (Kraft Books Limited, Ibadan; 2014) shines a searching light on some of these affairs and what comes out is a work that merges fictional narrative with realistic portraiture.