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The Girl Who Can…

I’d forgotten how beautiful this story is by Ama Ata Aidoo. Told simply and boldly. I remember reading Ama’s other story: She Who Would Be King—another great one–and admiring her vision for women’s top leadership positions. That was before any country in post-colonial Africa had a female… Read more

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Two Songs: Song of Prisoner & Song of Malaya

Celebrating Okot p’Bitek and the poets of the 60’s

Okot p’Bitek might be the most remembered and known Ugandan poet, born June 7, 1931 – July 20, 1982. His most popular books: Song of Lawino (1969), Song of Ocol (1970), and Two Songs: Song of a Prisoner, Song of Malaya (1971) enjoyed a cherished position for years on Uganda’s syllabus for high… Read more

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Queen Nzinga in peace negotiations with the Portuguese governor in Luanda, 1657

Pepetela, Ondjaki and Ana Paula Ribeiro Tavares

  You realize we’re not done with Angola yet. I can’t help it. I love historical fiction. When it’s sprinkled with mythology and fantasy, so much the better. That’s partly the reason I’m enthralled by Angolan writing/writers. They’ve got their feet in the magic world yet… Read more

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