Tumuhimbise Norman is one of the few disgusted enough to take action, having stealthily smuggled pigs into Parliament to taunt one of the most repressive regimes on the African continent, his action in life speak more powerfully than any words he could put on a page. Yet this book nevertheless speaks encouragement and hope into the lives of Ugandans near and far. His approach to change, a change created from and for millions upon millions of Ugandans at the bottom, is the nation’s hope for a better future and indeed a better present.
Norman discusses the iconic political post of the NRM ruling party, a political group headed by General Museveni, the self proclaimed mustard seed who has promised to carry forward in peace, security, and economic betterment. Norman’s suggestion is that Museveni’s three decades in power only brought catastrophe, death, and poverty. If indeed it was a mustard seed that was sown, we must recognise that Uganda’s soil is not suitable for such a crop, and like any infectious species, it must be upgraded.
A blind girl makes a pilgrimage to Lagos in search of a faith-healing miracle… A boy in a children’s home discovers the truth about his origins… A boy in a children’s home discovers the truth about his origins… In apartheid Johannesburg, an Indian insurance agent is honoured by his white bosses but his wife feels more than a little uneasy… A schoolboy and his gang investigate the mystery of the alien living in a shed…Dreams and reality merge menacingly in the last days of a former freedom fighter served by an old comrade and rival…
Taty is a troubled adolescent living with her equally troubled mother in the suburbs of the lowlands. In a moment of uncontrolled anger she finds her life changed forever and, hiding a terrible secret, she becomes a runaway, heading West into the Outzone. When she is captured by a malicious imp, befriended by an evangelising robotic nun and wooed by a transgender hoodlum, it soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary adventure story. With moustachioed wrestlers, marauding Buddhist Punks, a feline voodoo surgeon and the enigmatic presence of the disfigured Dr. Dali, Nikhil Singh has created a unique universe and a heroine whose petulant nonchalance hides a mighty spirit. As Taty navigates the collapse of an already chaotic society, struggling against present danger while confronting the demons of her own past, her story is narrated in prose that soars with elegance and swagger in equal measure. Taty Went West is an introduction to an electrifying new talent – an imagination unfettered by any known convention..
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.
With these stories, the post 1986 generation are pushing the boundaries talking issues of gender equality, questioning ableism, doubting sisterhood, spinning old tales in fresh voices and exploring new territories. There is love, there is pain, there is debate, there is everything else that is rarely said of the new generation of Ugandan and African writing.
Fire In The Night And Other Stories contains the best of the 2014 Writivism short story competition. Selected by some of Africa’s finest established writers, including Zukiswa Wanner, Ellen Banda-Aaku, Emmanuel Sigauke, Abubaker Ibrahim and Glaydah Namukasa, these fourteen new works of fiction by hitherto unpublished authors refuse to be pigeon-holed by conventional ideas of what or how an African ought to write. Do not read it if you do not want your preconceptions challenged; do read it if you want to be thrilled by the future of African in Africa.
A collection of social conscience poetry that paints the picture of the giant politician, the restless citizen, the clueless youth, those struggling to heal from life’s scratches and the ones hunting for words to describe their experience of fiery flames of affection.
Liberian Saah Millimono’s debut is a moving account of a boy’s life in a time of crisi. Tarnue is at times clear-eyed and wise beyond his years, at others bewildered by the impact of national upheaval on his already challenging existence as Charles Taylor’s forces enter Liberia. Millimono’s is a brave, honest voice. With prose that is authentic and spare, this story of one boy caught up in cataclysmic events is a powerful indictment of the trauma, and the pity,of war.
In contemporary Nairobi, a young man named Moses Odidi Oganda bleeds to death in the streets, murdered by police. As his lifeblood – full of memories, colors, and songs – pours into the dust, the stories that tumble forth reveal the violent upheaval of Kenya’s own life, reaching from the Mau Mau uprisings of the 1950s to the murky intricacies of modern-day corruption.
As teenagers in Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu – beautiful, self-assured – departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze – the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor – had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion for their homeland and for each other, they will face the toughest decisions of their lives. Spanned three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a rich told story set in today’s globalized world.
In this ambitious tale of family and of a nation, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi skillfully weaves together the stories of Kintu’s descendants as they seek to break with the burden of their shared past and to reconcile the inheritance of tradition and the modern world that is their future.
Nuruddin Farah weaves a provocative, unforgettable tale about family, freedom, and loyalty. A departure in theme and setting, Hiding In Plain Sight is a profound exploration of the tensions between liberty and obligation, the ways in which gender and sexual orientation define us, and the unintended consequences of the secret we keep.
Your African characters may include naked warriors, loyal servants, diviners and seers, ancient wise men living in hermitic splendour. Or corrupt politicians, inept polygamous travel-guides, and prostitutes you have slept with. The Loyal Servant always behaves like a seven-year-old and needs a firm hand; he is scared of snakes, good with children, and…