Angola: The Book About Blood Diamonds That Landed Rafael Marques in Court
[Daily Maverick] Whippings, forced labour, evictions, humiliations galore and killings with impunity: you'd think you were reading about Portuguese colonial abuse in Angola. Instead, you're reading investigative journalist Rafael Marqes' expose of the Dos Santos regime. MERCEDES SAYAGUES reviews the book that has the generals running scared - and that landed its author in court.
South Africa: Road Tripping Namibia
[Biz-Community] Road Tripping Namibia, by Fiona McIntosh, Shaen Adey, Willie Olivier, Ron Swilling, Katy Sharpe and Nick Buys, will open your eyes to Namibia...
Nigeria: Boko Haram - Inside Nigeria's Unholy War - By Mike Smith
[African Arguments] "I'm not scared because I think the worst has happened," says a 14-year-old girl who defied Boko Haram's burning of her school by continuing to take lessons at the premises of the damaged building. "There's nothing left for them to attack". At the time she was speaking, in May 2012, she and her colleagues believed that Boko Haram's depravity could not get any worse.
Angola: Magnificent and Beggar Land - Angola Since the Civil War
[African Arguments] Reading this book, I began to wonder if its author is, in fact, the real-life incarnation of HG Well's Griffin. If he is not The Invisible Man, how on earth does Ricardo Soares de Oliveira seduce his sources into speaking with such candour?
Africa: Existential Maxims - a Review of Lamnyam's 'Strive to Be Happy'
[Fahamu] 'Strive to be Happy' is an inspirational work replete with didactic messages. Throughout this book Lamnyam's voice sounds like that of a quiet peace-maker calling for non-resistance as a modus operandi needed to ward off the pangs of pain occasioned by social injustice, exploitation and disenfranchisement.
Nigeria: Onyiliagha's Political Thriller, His Own State Hits the Shelves
[Guardian] NIGERIA is about to raise a brief eyebrow in the direction of the beleaguered book industry, where a major reading experience that has just hit the bookstands is certain to cause some fidgets in the corridors of power. Although the PR outfit of the Enugu-based publishers, Delta Publications (Nigeria) Limited, insists that their new drama title, His Own State, falls into the genre of 'fiction', the plot, for sure, will pull a remembrance chord somewhere, and throw open the floodgates of the past for a retro
Nigeria: Sustaining a Marriage More Important Than Getting Married - Ogunmekan
[Vanguard] Marriage, we are told, is for better or for worse but in recent times, it has been redefined as 'for better we stay, for worse we part.' Today, marriages pack up for the flimsiest of excuses. 'Oh, he presses the toothpaste in the middle instead of the end.' He doesn't arrange his shoes well.' 'Oh she thinks we are equals. I'll show her who is the boss.' These and more are what the author of Anatomy of Marriage set out to address. Anatomy is the stud
Zimbabwe: An Unapologetic Tale of the Liberation War
[The Herald] Ambassador Agrippa Mutambara's The Rebel in Me is an exceptional revolutionary narrative that situates itself in the cannon of literature that unequivocally lays the basis upon which Zimbabwe was constructed and born.While the narrative is written from the perspective of a guerilla fighter who actively participated in both combat and strategic planning of the prosecution of the war, no condescending or exaggerated self-praise are foisted on the narrative. Typical of most war novels which are more anchored
Nigeria: Memories of Grandma... Towards Reviving Society's Values
[Vanguard] With an unwavering commitment towards the promotion of diverse rich cultural heritage of the different ethnic groups in Nigeria, on-air personality, media trainer, and accomplished civil servant, Mrs Funke Durodola presented to the public, her book, Memories of Grandma. The book presentation which took place last week at the Freedom Park, Lagos, attracted a mixed audience which includes, journalists, politicians, academics as well as the religious.