Set during the last year of the Ugandan tyrant Idi Amin’s despotic, often surreal rule, Waiting evokes the fear and courage of a close-knit society uncertain of what the edicts of a madman or the marauding of his disintegrating army will bring with each day.
Forgotten in their “backwater”, far from Amin’s serial wars and repressions between 1971-1979, teenager Alinda and her family experience terror first hand when the troops of the self-proclaimed “Last King Of Scotland” use the local highway to escape pursuing Ugandan and Tanzanian allied forces. With her mother on the verge of delivering a child, her brother anxious to join “the Liberators”, and a house full of starving siblings, neighbours, and displaced refugees, Alinda learns how to survive and then begins thinking about a new life.
Waiting captures the realities of a besieged home front, particularly the effects of this internecine war on women. At the same time, the novel reflects the resilience of the Ugandan people as they start the process of reconstructing their lives, relationships and homes.
For the first time in Botswana’s history, drama moves from the stage to print. We Are All Blue consists of two award-wining plays by Donald Molosi: Blue, Black and White and Motswana: Africa, Dream Again. Quett Masire, Botswana’s second president, contributes the foreword to this unique volume.
Blue, Black and White (2011), the longest running one-man show in Botswana’s history, was the first ever Botswana play staged off-Broadway in New York city, where Molosi won a best actor award. BBW is about the country’s first democratically-elected president, Sir Seretse Khama, and his interracial, transformative marriage. Winner of several awards, the play has been performed around the world.
Motswana: Africa, Dream Again is the story of Botswana and its people as they transition from a British colony to an independent state. The play premiered off-Broadway in 2012 where it won an award at the united solo festival, the world’s largest solo theatre festival. Written, directed and performed by Molosi, the play has been performed in several countries, including Botswana, South Africa, and the U.S.
The policeman’s grin broadens. He pounces. Long fingers. A girl would shave her head for fingers like his. He spits on my finger, and draws out the ring with his teeth; the ring I have worn for 18 years – from the day I was recognized by the priests as a man and a prince. It was supposed to have been passed on to the son I do not have. The policeman twists my hand this way and that, his tongue caught between his teeth; a study in concentrated avarice.
Hanover park. The Heart Of The Cape Flats. It is 1986.
Michael Jackson and Brenda Fassie rule every hi-fi. Princess Di and George Michael hairstyles are all the rage. There are plans to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 1976 student uprising. Neville and Magda Fourie live in Magnolia Court with their three children. They are trying to ‘raise them decent’ in a township festering with gang wars and barricaded with burning tyres.
Suzette, the eldest, is beautiful and determined to escape her family’s poverty. Nicky, the sensitive middle child, has ambitions to use her intellect as a way out. Anthony, the only son, attracted by power and wealth, lured away from his family by a gangster.
In What Will People Say? a rich variety of township charcters – the preachers, the teachers, the gangsters and the defeated – come to life in vivid language as they eke out their lives in the shadows of grey concrete blocks of flats.
Which members of the Fourie family will thrive, which ones will not survive?
In the beginning, God created everything perfect; when man sinned he reaped death and consequently distorted the order of things. God’s redemption plan provides the only way to restoration of all things and through this we can redeem the concept of love as God intended it to be able to make a difference in our generation. We can be best friends with God, forgive ourselves, have healthy relationships in our lives and be able to grow into a place of transcendence over the cares and worries that face us on a daily basis.
Words From A Granary is a collection of fifteen short stories, which tell different tales and recapture different experiences. These stories explore various aspects of life and highlight issues of concern in contemporary Uganda and offer the reader a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people faced with odds and how they deal with them, each in their unique way. From the dramatic to the lyrical, the humorous to the absurd and the poignant, the stories are written in a range of different styles and offer diverse readings for a variety of different literary tastes. It is an entertaining and inspirational collection.