Chimurenganyana is a series of solos culled from Chimurenga, a pan African publication of writing, art and politics based in Cape Town. This essay was first published in Chimurenga 13: Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber (2008).
Chimurenganyana is a series of solos culled from Chimurenga, a pan African publication of writing, art and politics based in Cape Town. This essay was first published in Chimurenga 11: Convesations with Poets Who Refuse to Speak.
Chimurenganyana is a series of solos culled from Chimurenga, a pan African publication of writing, art and politics based in Cape Town. This essay was first published in Chimurenga 15: The Curriculum Is Everything.
Chimurenganyana is a series of solos culled from Chimurenga, a pan African publication of writing, art and politics based in Cape Town. This essay was first published in Chimurenga 13: Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber.
Chimurenganyana is a series of solos culled from Chimurenga, a pan African publication of writing, art and politics based in Cape Town. This essay was first published in Chimurenga 14: Everyone Has Their Indian.
The second volume of How To Spell Naija in 100 Short Stories (Vol 2) contains the final 50 stories and raises the high bar set by the first. These tales, boldly range over Nigeriana, with kidnappers, houseboys, bishops and suicide bombers wreaking domestic and hilarious havoc. The tales are set in the future and in the present, in the Diaspora, in urban and small-town Nigeria, and in the author’s fictional Waterside Community. Once again, Nwokolo’s sure-handed humor and earthy style brings an amazing and unforgettable cast of characters to life.
Gambit: Newer African Writing is a unique collection of nine interviews and original short stories by emerging writers from across Africa. The stories in this anthology reflect the nuances that arise from living in a post-postcolonial Africa, where stereotypes are crumbling and writers are willing to tackle themes that are more social than political. Unlike other anthologies of African writing, Gambit‘s contributors are mostly based in their home countries, putting them closer to the themes they lyrically confront. The interviews provide insight into the writers’ inspirations, fears, hopes, and craft. The short stories reveal a range of experiences that are alive with grace, resilience, and humor. Gambit is one way to rediscover today’s writing from the African continent.
In the Niger Delta creeks of Southern Nigeria, nine expatriates are being held hostage by militants fighting for control over the resources from their land. At the same time, a series of seemingly unconnected events rock the country.
Alex Randa, a celebrated agent of the Department of State Services , with a compelling record of successes is tasked by the president to secure the release of the hostages; and to also uncover the sponsors behind the militants. With nothing to go on but the phrase ‘Operation Raven’, her instincts, and three unlikely allies, Alex quickly learns that nothing is what seems. Together, they must race against time to save not just the hostage but a nation on the brink of a bloody Civil War.
Othuke Omniabohs’ second book, A Conspiracy of Ravens is a deftly woven tale of love and hate, patriots and traitors, and of heroes and villians. A tour de force.
Ominiabohs, in his debut novel, graphically chronicles the entire the entire gamut of emotional experiences of a tumultuous affair of young lovers. Laying bare each nerve strand in its raw sensitiveness, and cutting open each delicate naked vein bleeding with life, Ominiabohs unfolds with startling, and moving candour, the joy and pains, hopes and longings, sorrow and despair of a fragile love which, against a sea of overwhelming odds, fights for its survival and salvation.
The Switch is the story of the travails of Chelimo, a brilliant young girl from Kapchorwa, Eastern Uganda, whose life, when she is circumcised, in accordance with the tradition of her tribe, takes a horrendous turn. Chelimo struggles in life are at odds with the promises she was given at circumcision and as a government minister, she embarks on a delicate personal crusade to ensure that the girls of her tribe do not ever have to face the dangers posed by the knife. But not everyone is happy with her crusade…
Jo DiStefano Kapus, an American author and publisher has sad that; “although Never Too Late is fiction, the social issues it presents are very real. Dark images of loneliness, seduction, shattered dreams and torn lives emerge on the pages of this anthology to challenge readers to search for answers for a better life. The authors use the role of Christianity as the running theme for most of their stories – each provoking readers to rise above the realm of human wisdom to a higher hope of forgiveness, righteousness and deep reflection offered through the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.”
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.
Cassandra is the story of an independent-minded, self-confident and ambitious girl, who is determined to reach the top without using men’s coat tails to do. She believes women have more going for them than the subservient role designed for them by society. But what happens when she is waylaid by love, with all its power to subdue and overwhelm is a lesson in self-discovery. Written against the backdrop of the turbulent early eighties, Cassandra is a girl’s statement on life and on how to balance gender roles to transform society positively.
Memoirs Of A Mother is a deeply moving story of a story a Ugandan woman who is forced to trade the romantic dream of her youth for a mundane marriage, based on outmoded rules and obligations. The portrait of Elizabeth Sera, the protagonist, is that of a woman ‘more sinned against than sinning’. Her attempt to balance the need for social respectability and the dictates of her heart lead to painful discoveries, which finally force her to assert her individuality against oppressive social norms.
Often, it is the tragedies that befall us that bring out the best in us in terms of creative talent. This is reflected in this short-story anthology. From the origins of life and its antithesis, death through tradition as opposed to modernity, through depredations and ravages of war, HIV/AIDS, marital infidelity, school experiences, to the importance of resilience, this anthology traverses a broad literary territory both in terms of themes and styles. Here you will find the voices of women from different parts of Uganda joined together by a commonality of concerns.
Some of the twelve works published in this anthology have won prestigious literary awards and prizes in their individual capacities or have made it to the shortlist, making this collection the best of the best. The patience, sensitivity for detail, and total absence of melodrama even in the most tragic of pieces, signal a watershed in Uganda’s literature and give the reader a glimpse of greater things to come.
Straddling two continents, Shock Waves Across The Ocean portrays the struggles of people trying to make sense of their lives, and of the web of relationship that holds them together. Nico – the trouble-shooter, Denis – her long-suffering husband, Cola – puerile and enigmatic, Jeremy – the pimp, Peter, Hazel, and Jenna. They are all part of a rich tapestry depicting the strength and foibles, joys and tragedies, as well, as well as greed and generosity, that characterise human life as it is lived from day to day. In these characters we see an authentic reflection of ourselves, of those things about us that we find admirable and those we find less flattering.