In his book, Aids Activist Alex De Waal, questions why, despite its devastation, Aids isn’t top of the agenda for each and every government on the continent? How do governments treat the scourge, he asks?
Ayitteh offers a way out for Africa to get rid of its ‘leaky begging bowl’ by advocating a return to the indigenous economic systems castigated before by the elites as backward and primitive. He argues that Africa’s indigenous systems have a long history of free trade and free markets that can be harnessed along with increased investment, both foreign and domestic.
Ayeta’s Memoirs of a Mother is a good book that highlights the challenges most African women go through to be accepted in society- in many cases forfeiting their own happiness to fit in
Sierra-Leonean author Aminatta Forna was today announced as winner of the 2011 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Her book, The Memory of Love took the Best Book prize, while the prize for Best First Book went to Craig Cliff from New Zealand for his book, A Man Melting.
Forna, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa has had a magnificent year and is on the shortlist for a number of other literary prizes. Her first book, The Devil that Danced on the Water, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2003.
If titles sold books, this 2009 offering would be a bestseller. Thando Mgqolozana, a nursing graduate, writes about the scourge of circumcisions gone wrong with the authority of someone close to the action. The Eastern Cape, his birthplace, is notorious for this practice, year after bleeding year.
Spilt Milk, published in 2010 by Jacana Media, is one for the Born-Free generation – for them and about them. The plot, which centers around life in a school, conjures up images of those institutions that some prefer to call academies, not schools.
Gumede’s book, first published in 2005 by Zebra Books and then updated in 2007 by Zedbooks, deals with the political aspects of ANC’s economic policy before and after apartheid and particularly with Thabo Mbeki’s economic persuasion and political methods.
Award winning author Hisham Matar, a Libyan himself, is all too familiar with what’s going on in Libya – the fear and caution of people who know that their every move is being watched by government informants. His book, In the Country of Men (published in 2007) reminds us that Libyans have had to put up with this situation for nearly half a century.