NASIKIA SAUTI YA MAMA – Tawasifu ya Prof. Ken Walibora

Baada ya tamthilia yake ya pili [MBAYA WETU] kuingia madukani, Prof. Ken Walibora ‘kaibua kitabu kinachoeleza safari ya maisha yake ilovyouwa na inavyozidi kuwa kila jua linapochomoza.

Uketo wa Lugha

“Nasikia Sauti ya Mama” ina uketo wa lugha ya kiswahili inayodhihirisha ukwasi al’onao profesa Ken na mno, weledi wake wa kuyaeleza mengi kwa njia ya kusisimua hivyo kumnata msomaji.

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Heko kwa wanalonghorn Publishers kwa kujitoma katika hili la tawasifu: NASIKIA SAUTI YA MAMA (Ken Walibora) na “MBALI NA NYUMBANI (Adam Shafi) ni tuzo bora kwetu sote!

NASIKIA SAUTI YA MAMA - Tawasifu ya Prof. Ken Walibora

NASIKIA SAUTI YA MAMA – Tawasifu ya Prof. Ken Walibora

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Mahojiano na Mwandishi wa Kiswahili Prof. Said Ahmed Mohammed – SEHEMU YA PILI

Mahojiano na Mwandishi wa Kiswahili Prof. Said Ahmed Mohammed – SEHEMU YA PILI

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Riwaya zako tatu zimepishana miaka 36. Je kwanini, muda mrefu toka Utengano hadi Nyuso? Asali Chungu (1977), Utengano(1980) na Nyuso za Mwanamke (2010), Mhanga Nafsi Yangu (2012).
Vile vile dhamira kuu inamwangalia mwanamke kwa macho na hisia za kumtetea. Mwandishi mwingine Mwafrika anayesimama upande wa kina mama (hasa vitabu vyake vya mwanzo) ni Msomali – Nuruddin Farah. Je, kwanini wanaume muwatetee wanawake? Kwani hawawezi kuandika wenyewe?

Nyuso za Mwanamke
Mwandishi Said Ahmed Mohammmed
Kuandika riwaya au kazi yoyote ya fasihi kunahitaji wakati, utulivu na wiitisho wa ndani wa nafsi ya mwandishi. Huwezi tu kujilazimisha kufululiza. Kisha nadhani vita vya wanawake ni vita vya wanaume pia kama ilivyo kwamba vita vya wanaume ni vita vya wanawake. Kwa hali hii hakuna suala la kwa nini? Kwa bahati mbaya waandishi wanaume wachache tu ndio wenye msimamo wa ukombozi wa wanawake katika fasihi ya Kiswahili. Ama suala la wanawake kutoandika wenyewe wapo wachache katika fasihi ya Kiswahili…

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Mwavyaji wa Roho na hadithi Nyingine – Leonard Sanja

Mwavyaji wa Roho na hadithi Nyingine - Leonard Sanja

Mwavyaji wa Roho na hadithi Nyingine – Leonard Sanja

Mwavyaji wa Roho na hadithi Nyingine ni mkusanyiko unaoleta pamoja mawazo, hisia na fikra za waandishi mahiri kuhusu jamii. Ni juhudi za kuakisi ukweli wa hali halisi ilivyo na kumchorea msomaji taswira kamili kuhusu madhila ya uongozi, njaa, dawa za kulevya na mahusiano ya kijamii; kwa ujumla yaliyodorora. Wakati huo huo, wanamzindua juu ya mabadiliko; kuu likiwa kupatikana kwa katiba mpya.

Waandishi basi hawakuzungumzia madhila tu ila wanapendekeza jinsi suluhu ya baadhi ya matatizo inavyoweza kupatikana. Tashtiti, maswali ya balagha na tashbihi zilizoshamiri katika nyingi za hadithi hizi zinadhihirisha uchungu, kero, dhiki na kiu ya waandishi; msukumo wa kutaka kuhusika na kujihusisha na kupatikana kwa jamii bora. Wanaamini haya ndio matamanio ya wasomaji na jamii kwa jumla.

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Scarlet Song by Mariama Bâ

Scarlet Song by Mariama Bâ

Scarlet Song by Mariama Bâ

Mariama Bâ (April 17, 1929 – August 17, 1981) was a Senegalese author and feminist, who wrote in French. Born in Dakar, she was raised a Muslim, but at an early age came to criticise what she perceived as inequalities between the sexes resulting from African traditions. Raised by her traditional grandparents, she had to struggle even to gain an education, because they did not believe that girls should be taught. Bâ later married a Senegalese member of Parliament, Obèye Diop, but divorced him and was left to care for their nine children.

Her frustration with the fate of African women—as well as her ultimate acceptance of it—is expressed in her first novel, So Long a Letter. In it she depicts the sorrow and resignation of a woman who must share the mourning for her late husband with his second, younger wife. Abiola Irele called it “the most deeply felt presentation of the female condition in African fiction”. This short book was awarded the first Noma Prize for Publishing in Africa in 1980.[1] Continue reading

Maisha Kitendawili – John Habwe.

Riwaya hii ya kusisimua inatuingiza katika bahari tesi ambamo asiyesimama imara huzama ji! Unapoisoma unachukuliwa na wimbi la vitushi vya hadithi iliyotambwa kwa hadithi ya kipekee.

Jomo Kenyatta Foundation.
John Habwe.

Maisha Kitendawili - John Habwe.

Maisha Kitendawili – John Habwe.

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(not) five african novels to read before you die

(NOT) Five African Novels to Read Before you Die

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This morning (at least in my time zone) I wrote about a list of five African novels to be read before you die. I do not know if there is an assumption that you cannot read in the afterlife.

The day after this list was originally published Aaron Bady, from another shore of the same ocean, decided to write about these five African novels. Well, he is aiming some criticism at mr. Nicholls. Bady adds the concept of ‘contemporary’ African literary. Probably, contemporary to your own age.  So, in the end he does the same as Nicholls, but on a larger scale.

Bady seems not to have have know about Franco-phone literature from Africa (but maybe this is just a rhetorical move). Well, there is Luso-phone literature as well in Africa. And for that matter: Arabo-phone literature from the north, Boero-phone literature from the very south, Somalo-phone literature from north-east…

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