Bakwa 09

Bakwa 09: Taxi Drivers Who Drive Us Nowhere and Other Travel Stories

Release date: October 28, 2019

In our first-ever print and entirely nonfiction issue, we explore what it means to travel as an African. Herein are stories about passport privilege and air and road trips to destinations diverse and peculiar—from Douala, Lagos, Lisbon, through Berlin, Sylt, Maputoto Kousseri. A journey down memory lane with the inglorious history of an airline, and a cab driver’s unheralded analysis of Captain Marvel.

Bakwa 09 includes pieces from Florian Ngimbis, Anne-Marie Befoune, Yovanka Paquete Perdigao, Sada Malumfashi, Nkiacha Atemnkeng, Munukayumbwa ‘Mimi’ Mwiya, Howard M-B Maximus, Kay Ugwuede and Raoul Djimeli. It also features an online-only excerpt of the novel Whites Can Dance Too by Kalaf Epalanga.

Image: Yuliia Studzinska (via Dreamstime)

Design: Dante Besong


Howard M-B Maximus, Taxi Drivers Who Drive Us Nowhere

Yovanka Paquete Perdigao, A Family history in a Passport

Munukayumbwa ‘Mimi’ Mwiya, Losing my passport to get home

Sada Malumfashi, Prepare for Whiteness

Kay Ugwuede, The Africa we Get

Nkiacha Atemnkeng, Impossible n’est pas Camerounais

Anne-Marie Befoune, Vert le passeport, amers les aéroports

Florian Ngimbis, Partir c’est mourir un peu

Raoul Djimeli, Maroua – Kousséri: No Man’s land!

Kalaf Epalanga,Whites Can Dance Too (excerpt)


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