The Sound of Things to Come and the Smallness of the World

Uzoma Ihejirika There is a saying that the world is a small place, that there is always someone who knows someone who knows us. Ours, we have come to believe, is a far-flung, yet close by neighborhood. In The Sound…

The Insanity of Power

Sanya Osha Unconcerned with creating fully fledged characters, Sony Labou Tansi’s The Shameful State highlights the farcical and gruesome nature of extreme power.     A Review of The Shameful State  Sony Labou Tansi, trans. Dominic Thomas, Indiana University Press,…

[Review] The Politics of Exile in Inongo-vi-Makomè’s Natives

Dzekashu MacViban The last few years have been exciting for Cameroonian writers. At the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2014, Random House signed a seven-figure deal for the North American rights to The Longings of Jende Jonga, a novel by Cameroonian…

[Book Review]: Akpeteshie As A Symbol of Power in Benjamin Kwakye’s The Clothes of Nakedness

Kwabena Agyare Yeboah Kwakye left Ghana right after his high school education. In this novel, he set out to write something intimately Ghanaian, something that he might have not experienced in a long while. Or something he would have to…

[Book Review] Adewale Maja-Pearce’s The House My Father Built

Amatesiro Dore Amatesiro Dore assesses Adewale Maja-Pearce’s memoir in an unorthodox review, which matches the nature of the book in question, as he highlights Maja-Pearce’s history as the troublemaker of African literature.   The House My Father Built, Adewale Maja-Pearce,…

[Book Review] Reclaiming the Female Body in Stacy Hardy’s Fiction

Dzekashu MacViban Stacy Hardy’s fiction navigates a written landscape between sexual politics and ontology, as the stories in Because the Night challenge the fetishization and objectification of the female body.   Stacy Hardy (photo credit Niklas Zimmer) Because the Night…

From Scions of the Malcontent to Men of Contentment

  Wirndzerem G. Barfee     A work of art is, and can be, read from multiple perspectives. One of the most engaging perspectives to read Macviban’s collection, Scions of the Malcontent (SOTM), is by collapsing the opposition between the…

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