Haini na Adam Shafi
Hamza, kijana mwandishi wa habari, anakamatwa kwa kutuhumiwa kuwa haini, hasa kutokana na uhusiano wake wa karibu na Hamduni, ambaye amempiga risasi na kumwua Kigogo, kiongozi wa nchi.
Sehemu kubwa ya riwaya hii inasimuliwa gerezani ambako Hamza pamoja na wengine waliosombwa na kurundikwa huko, wanateswa, kuthakilishwa na kutendewa unyama wa kila namna.Haini ni riwaya inayochukua tukio la kihistoria la kuuawa kwa kiongozi mmoja wa Kiafrika mwaka 1972, na kulifanya kiini cha kuyachunguza matatizo ya kisiasa, kijamii na kiuchumi ya nchi za Kiafrika baada ya uhuru, chini ya mifumo ya utawala inayojali tu maslahi ya wachache. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
“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.“
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Maisha Kitendawili – John Habwe.
In an article published in The CHRONIC, a South African website, titled; I am a homosexual mum. Binyavanga Wainaina writes a letter to his mother, revealing his long kept secret,
“Nobody, nobody, ever in my life has heard this. Never mum.”
Binyavanga Wainaina (born 18 January 1971) is a Kenyan author, journalist and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing.
Binyavanga Wainaina was born in Nakuru in Rift Valley province. He attended Moi Primary School in Nakuru, Mangu High School in Thika, and Lenana School in Nairobi. He later studied commerce at the University of Transkei in South Africa.
His debut book, a memoir entitled One Day I Will Write About This Place, was published in 2011. Continue reading
Just Who is Simon Gikandi
Mr. Simon Gikandi is a professor of English at Princeton University, he is one of World’s leading literary critics. He is best known for his co-editorship (with Abiola Irele) of The Cambridge History of African and Caribbean Literature; easily the most comprehensive survey of its subject. Continue reading