The Land of Honey follows the lives of two people; Zimako and Anuli. They are married and have lived in Nigeria all their lives, studied there and finally got employed there. All seems to be going on well but the decadence of the ruling government disheartens Zimako. He believes the country is on a downward spiral, things are running out of control. He decides that the best solution is to try and start afresh in another country, where there are better organized and developed system
I am Tausi, a book published in 2009 by Author House UK Ltd, is a novella that lays out the differences between two different types of people or cultures as experienced by a young African woman.
Fresh air is a collection of 16 short stories. The stories which cut across continents have a broad range of themes. The characters are portrayed in a way that the reader can identify with them and the situations they are in. Nsirim tells it as it is with no attempt to sugar-coat or to handle the issues raised in a saccharine-like manner.
First published in 1979 by Heinemann Educational Books Ltd as part of the African Writers Series , Toads of War (by Eddie Iroh) centers around the recapture of the Biafran town of Owerri during the Nigerian Civil War and the love-relationships that are rife in this town even in the midst of war.
The Crown of Thorns, by the Cameroonian author, Linus T. Asong, is a novel about the Biongong tribe of the Lebialem division of the South-West region of Cameroon. The Chief of Nkokonko Small Monje dies and his successor has to be chosen. Nji is disqualified and expelled from the tribe for sleeping with one of the chief’s thirty-eight wives. For reasons not mentioned in the novel, the D.O., interferes with the chief-making process and Antony Nkoaleck, the favorite of the elders of the village, is passed over for his younger brother, Alexander Nchindia. Alexander declines the offer and flees into the forest, but he is caught and enstooled under duress and the watchful eye of the D.O. and law-enforcing officers
Published by Imbada in 2008, Stanley Gazemba’s “Grandmother’s Winning Smile” is a gripping tale about the challenges many children in today’s Kenya are facing to access education and improve their lot. The future looks particularly sombre for Gazemba’s main character Kinuthia, when his father leaves the household and gets lost in the anonymity of Nairobi, the faraway capital city. The man sold their cow before escaping, the milk of which was their only reliable source of income. The boy is left alone with his grandmother.
The days of affliction that were the emergency period during the Mau Mau uprising in 1950’s Kenya form the setting for Njeri Kibui’s Days of Affliction. Published in 2010 by Author House, the novel follows the fortunes of Kamau, his daughter Wamaitha and son Mwangi who are touched by the violence of the day in […]
Southern Crosses: An African Ghost Story, written by DA Winstead and self-published in 2012, brings together two women—a black American, and a South African of mixed race. Both have grown up in rural and racially oppressive environments and both have challenges to contend with in their adulthood. But they help each other in different ways and develop a remarkable and enduring friendship along the way. The story is rich in historical and cultural detail on the black American past, and on pre and post-Apartheid South Africa. It’s also a skillful insight into the possible dynamics and intrigues within foreign offices.
Tinland is engulfed in another series of violent uprisings as have become characteristic of the once peaceful and serene state. Following a tip-off, journalist Zack Liman goes to investigate the cause of the uprising. This leads him to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Tangu Mila. The paranoid Mila orders Liman’s assassination – leading to some sort of domino effect.
Mia Couto’s novel, THE TUNER OF SILENCES, is a highly original and totally engaging story. Its narrator, Mwanito, is reflecting back on the early years of his life; he recounts his experiences while living in the company of three men and his slightly older brother in a remote campsite in a semi-desert in what one assumes is Mozambique. António Emílio Leite Couto, Mia Couto for short, is a Mozambican scientist, and a prolific award-winning poet and writer, whose work is increasingly becoming available in English. His 2009 novel, THE TUNER OF SILENCES, translated in 2013, is part coming of age story, part family drama and part a kind of love story.