G. Lenny Brown’s Flawed Attitude examines several beliefs and behaviors embraced by the black community that, inevitably, hinder the attainment of equality.
The opening pages of Zukiswa Wanner’s latest novel are very sad but maybe this is what propels one to read on. It is evident from these pages that Martin and Germaine have always been close, but the misfortune they’ve just experienced, the self doubts and belief that they failed their only son could tear them apart. “When Zuko was born, we were ready and prepared to be parents but nothing…….prepared us for this. The loss of our child….”
Just like the title suggests, the book is set in the three cities and the story revolves around the O’Malley family. It a story told from three perspectives – with Martin and Germaine making most of the narrations.
When the school sends Jim away from school for failing to pay up his fees, his mother confronts the headmaster.
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
2014 promises yet another exciting year for African literature. As the year rolls on, we take a look at some of the exciting new titles coming out, including new titles from Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Teju Cole, Ishmael Beah, Chris Abani and Dinaw Mengestu.
Where his earlier novels staged characters struggling to find their place and fully grasp the possibilities of the new, post-racial era; Mhlongo’s new novel proposes instead a vision from the top of the ladder. The book’s central character is Kimathi Fezile Tito, born in exile in Tanzania during the worst years of apartheid, son of a freedom fighter and himself soldier of the revolution. Kimathi’s years in combat fatigue are far away though, and he now prefers to dress in the Prada suits that best reflect his new status. A past comrade who uses his connections to flourish as a “tenderpreneur”, Kimathi embodies the new South African ruling class’ evils.
Released in February 2013 by Ricochet Books, Nigerians in Space is Deji Olukotun’s debut novel. The plot spans through USA, Switzerland, Paris, Nigeria and South Africa. It is a tale of murder, crime, shattered dreams, betrayal. The story features three lead characters: Wale, a Nigerian lunar geologist, Thursday Malaysius, an abalone poacher, and Melissa, a girl from Zimbabwe with a skin condition that is as scary as it is fascinating.
Loyce is a beautiful and intelligent young woman from an upper class Nigerian family living in Houston. The Amaechi family has been following certain religious norms and traditions for generations. Loyce and her siblings have been brought up well; and are expected to follow these traditions. She knows she has to complete college before she can think of dating or even marriage. When Loyce turns 16, peer pressure comes in and in most cases she clashes with her parents in a bid to make her friends happy.
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.
Set in Ghana and America, Malcolm Frierson’s debut novel, A Place In the World, explores the often difficult issue of race and its influence on American society. Kwame, the man at the center of the novel, is a brilliant university professor, who is passionate about his African roots. With his wife Evelyn, Kwame travels to Ghana, where the couple spends a year, while they wait to adopt a child. Along the way, Kwame becomes romantically involved with his teaching assistant, Layla, and eventually divorces his wife.