South Africa: The Silence of Trauma - a Holocaust Story Finds Unique Roots and Resonance
[Daily Maverick] South African anthropologist, Steven Robins, has just published a memoir tracing the history of his family who perished in the Holocaust in Europe. Far from focussing narrowly on this cataclysmic 20th Century event, this extraordinary account of trauma, history and silence is a layered excavation, tracing the roots of the racial science that informed it; all the way back to South Africa and indeed Stellenbosch University where Robins is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Nigeria: Memoirs, Autobiographies, Not for the Old - Mohammed Bukar
[Daily Trust] Mohammed Bukar is the author of 'A Father's Legacy'. A gynaecologist and an associate professor with the University of Maiduguri, he talks about why a memoir or autobiography is not a preserve of the old, their role in Nigerian history and more. Excerpts:
South Africa: God, Lies and Spies - A Journalist's Story
[allAfrica] Cape Town -God, Spies and Lies, John Matisonn's blend of memoir, political reporting, analysis, media history and lively anecdote demonstrates that although it may be clichéd to say that a reporter has a front seat to history, it can be true if you choose the right bench in the right stadium.
Malawi: Why Are Mozambicans Fleeing to Malawi?
[The Daily Vox] Thousands of Mozambican refugees continue to flee to Malawi to escape fighting between government troops and fighters loyal to opposition forces. DANA DA SILVA looks at why civilians are fleeing their homes.
Zimbabwe: Tuku Files - Humanising the Superstar
[The Herald] While Mutamba has the material to premise his judgments on, his heavily editorialised narrative does not present Tuku the human as opposed to the saint, but the convict as opposed to the human.
Gabon: An Exegetic Reading of Otsiemi's 'La Vie Est UN Sale Boulot'
[Fahamu] This sociological novel provides readers with an opportunity to read the kind of Africanized French that is spoken in the streets and neighborhoods in Gabon's major cities such as Libreville. The text is replete with standard French words, argot and indigenous language words and expressions that endow it with a reasonable dose of cultural authenticity.
Africa: 'African Identities - a New Perspective': a Synopsis
[Fahamu] This polemic longread takes a critical look at the differences in the discourse about Africa and about Europe. Comparing Africa and Europe 130 years ago and today, the book contains a passionate plea for greater respect for the different African cultures and languages and contends that a lack of such respect is one of the main factors impeding Africa's development today.