The late Rushegye (or Old Fox, as he was popularly known) is best remembered for his witty column in the Sunday Vision. The Corrupt, the Quick, and the Dead embodies Rushegye’s unique style, great humour and bitter satire, while dealing with the complex social and political issues of modern post-colonial Africa. It contends for space with giant works (with related themes) such as Meja Mwangi’s Going Down River Road or even Wole Soyinka’s The Trials of Brother Jero.
South African author Christopher Hope left his home country in 1975 after his work drew fire from the country’s Apartheid regime. His debut novel, A Separate Development, published in 1981, was banned by the then South African government for satirizing the Apartheid system, but then went on to receive the David Higham Memorial Prize. Over the course of his long and illustrious career, Hope has earned several more writing awards, including the Thomas Pringle Prize for his book, Cape Drives, and the Whitbread Prize in 1984 for Kruger’s Alp. In 1992, Hope’s other book, Serenity House, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1990. In this interview with Africa Book Club’s Yusuf Serunkuma, the South African writer talks about his long career, discusses his latest book, Shooting Angels (released in 2011), and shares his thoughts on different subjects – from politics to his favourite writers.
Written in 1976, Going Down River Road remains a masterpiece of contemporary fiction that grapples with dangers that come with urbanisation under the umbrella of development. It is a story that follows Ben Wachira and his friend Ochola as they compete for survival with the rest of humanity in Nairobi.
Okot P’ Bitek’s Song of Lawino was first published in the Acholi language, before being translated into English in 1966. Winning recognition on two grounds, style and theme, it is also arguably one of the longest and most substantive works of fiction from Africa.
In this book published in the US in 2010 by Three Rivers Press (and earlier by Verso Books), Mamdani argues that what really happened in Darfur was not a genocide but a civil war, similar to what took place in Northern Uganda, Congo, Chad and other African countries.
The Shackled Continent remains one of the most substantive narratives of the African plight; bad leadership, corruption, tribalism, HIV/AIDS; but, as some critics have argued, it has little to offer on how to move the continent forward.
This month, Africa Book Club interviews Julius Ocwinyo, a Ugandan author and poet, whose novels include Fate of the Banished (1997), The Unfulfilled Dream (2002), and Footprints of the Outsider (2003). He is also currently an editor for Fountain Publishers, one of the leading indigenous publishing houses in East Africa.
Born in 1961 in Teboke village in Apac District, Ocwinyo studied at Aboke Junior Seminary and Lango College, before joining the Institute of Teacher Education at Kyambogo.
Apollo Milton Obote; What Others Say is a compilation that will cause many a reader to reflect on the conflicting views of Obote’s role in Uganda’s troubled political history. Omongole R. Anguria confronts a similar predicament in this book on Ex-Ugandan President Apollo Milton Obote, finding that even in death, Obote evokes mixed emotions among his countrymen.
Dance of the Intellect is a collection of poems that Alice Tumwesigye has written over a long period based on experiences in her life. There are over 80 poems, mainly comprising the author’s reflections on several stages in her life; as a student at college and university; as a member of staff in one place; and as a mother.
Africa’s Great Lakes region has been home to some of most violent and prolonged conflicts on the continent, causing immense suffering and blocking meaningful socio-economic progress. The search for a lasting end to conflict in the region remains elusive despite several initiatives by local and international players.