Considered by some to be Francophone Africa’s’ answer to the Chinua Achebe, the late Ivorian writer and political activist, Ahmadou Kourouma is easily one of Africa’s most celebrated authors. Born in 1927, in the Ivory Coast, Kourouma belonged to the Malinke ethnic group and was raised by an uncle. From 1950 to 1954, he served in the French army in Indochina, following which he moved to Lyon, France to study mathematics.
Peter Godwin says Zimbabwe lacks two of the exports the world is interested in: oil and terrorism.
It is no wonder then that the world leisurely goes about its business as Robert Mugabe and his goons visit untold misery on the defenceless citizenry.
The world did the same in 1994 as Rwanda burned and brothers turned against their own kith and kin because of the physiological accident that made one taller than the other, one Hutu and the other Tutsi. Just as the corpses from the Rwandese genocide stand as an albatross around our necks 16 years later, the victims of Zimbabwe will not let us off with clear consciences.
“House Boy” was originally published in French in 1956 under the title “Un vie de boy”, and later translated to English in 1966.
The book is written in form of a diary, kept by a Cameroonian houseboy Toundi.
Chinua Achebe’s fourth novel, “A Man of The People”, is a book of political, social, economic and moral contrasts. Written in first person, the books invites readers to experience the flow of emotions, fears, tensions, suspense and the pain that Odili, the main character in the book, undergoes.