For the second time in recent years, Fred Khumalo has taken a historical event and woven a fictional tale around it. The Longest March is primarily a love triangle
A few days ago while I was reading Suddenly a Footballer, my wife saw it lying on the bed and asked me if Juan Mata had retired. It was a valid question because I also do not understand why footballers (and sports personalities in general) write
In the past few decades, an assumption has grown prevalent. It is the argument that science and faith (belief in an intelligent design behind the universe) are diametrically opposed and an equivalent of water and oil.
King Leopold of Belgium might have started his rapacious pillage of the area that is today known as the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1885 but was not until 1897/1898 that the central character in the resistance of Leopold’s evil regime had his eureka moment. Standing on the dock of the port at Antwerp in Belgium;
In this collection of ten short stories, Chika Unigwe captures the paradox of a facet of migrant life that is common but rarely explored in the Nigerian Diaspora communities. Better Never Than Late is a mosaic collection that centres mostly around
Bad Science is such a timely book that I am sure to return to it again in the coming months. It was published in 2008 and its content is more relevant today than ever before. It is a shakedown of the bad science that is perpetuated by pseudoscience that envelopes alternative medicine, nutritionists and even anti-vaxxers.
In 1966, Peter Enahoro wrote a satirical booklet that briefly explored the psyche of the average Nigerian. The insights are humourous and incisive. There has been a lot of comparison with Be(com)ing Nigerian by Elnathan John.
The sub-genre term – multigenerational epic, is a bit of a huge weight to hang on any book, much less a debut book of any writer but Kintu earns that description and delivers the expectation that the term carries, to a large extent. In 5 broad sections (Books 1 to 5), Kintu explores the ancestry and story of the Ganda people in Buganda kingdom (modern Uganda).
It was not always like this. A world where a device (phone, tablet or laptop) could hold a thousand songs effortlessly and even stream millions more at the click of a button is a recent novelty. This novelty is what is chronicled in this exquisitely written work of non-fiction. How Music Got Free is an excellent book that weaves through sound compression technology,
If a home is where the heart is, the person whose heart is not settled has nowhere to call home. No Place To Call Home is an acute observation of the otherness that the average migrant experiences. An observation of loss, love, belonging and hope. The themes are many but the observations are vivid and valid.