Browsing All posts tagged under »post-colonialism«

G – are we here already?

August 17, 2014


Wood may remain ten years in the water but it will never become a crocodile. Gabon proverb Gabon is purportedly one of West Africa’s most stable countries, which may be why Daniel Mengara’s ‘Mema’ escapes the conspicuous violence of many other post-colonial novels. Instead of the usual narrative dose of brutality, concomitant with independence wars […]

beyond a shadow

April 2, 2014


If you dream of moving mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting small stones today: Equatorial Guinea Proverb Have you ever picked up a cup of tea and taken a few sips only to realize that it’s coffee? Or started reading a book and read a fair few pages before realizing that the main character […]

one blogger in search of a character

January 29, 2014


Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed. — Cavett Robert It’s probably a bit late to say Happy New Year, and a bit early to say Kung Hei Fat Choy, so I’ll say happy beginnings to any new endeavours and renewed vigor for […]


November 13, 2013


A guest who breaks the dishes of his host is not soon forgotten: Djibouti proverb Abdourahman A. Waberi’s Passage des Larmes is one of those books.  You know, the ones you are forced to read in book groups, or pick up because it’s on a ‘recommends’ table in the bookshop and you need makeweight on […]


October 16, 2013


  And so we’ve made it to ‘D’ and Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic. It almost sounds like a skipping rhyme. And ‘D’ is a nice short letter, made shorter by dint of being able to skip Denmark and Dominica. The list of Danish writers, from Hans Christian Andersen to Pia Juul, from Karen Blixen […]

Apostle for all Africa

June 9, 2013


A house cannot be repaired when the owner is destroying it. Central African Republic proverb I came to Andrée Blouin’s autobiography My Country, Africa with a closed heart.  The book itself was intimidating, a heavy, library hardback with ‘worthy’ written all over it (not literally you understand. Literally, only the title and author’s name are […]

Where there’s a will there’s a disappointed relation.

May 22, 2013


When carrying an elephant’s flesh on one’s head, one should not look for crickets underground – Cape Verde proverb … I have no idea what this means, but one day when I’m scrabbling for crickets in the dirt with a trunk on my head I may work it out. Well, this feels tough to get […]