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The Triangle – Nakisanze Segawa

All posts by Joel Benjamin Ntwatwa

The Triangle – Nakisanze Segawa

First things first, this book is an attractive print coming in from Uganda. I rarely see the print quality of The Triangle in other Ugandan books printed at home. You will also notice the size. It’s not another short story out of Uganda. No; it’s a full 366 paged novel that is divided into two parts- Book One and Book Two (poetically speaking I would have wanted a Book Three to add to the .

The Cock Thief – Parselelo Kantai

I had to look again and again to appreciate the depth of the symbolism the writer had used! When you’re done reading The Cock Thief, you suddenly realise it was a story full of well placed symbols. Especially perhaps if you’re not Kenyan. The short story by Parselelo Kantai is somewhat of a well written jigsaw that touches on Kenya’s politics and what maybe one man’s dream for siku mpya or alfajiri in a land other than Kenya. .

Running – Jackie Lebo

Little do we know about the Kenyan runners that every year, every four years achieve another racing feat. Outside of Kenya, we keep seeing these black men and women who simply cannot fail to win at races, especially long distance races. When I first picked up the book I thought it was fiction. Most of the works I read are fiction. However it was not until I decided to Google the names in the .

Poetry In Motion – Mulumba Ivan Matthias.

Mulumba’s first poetry collection is relatively an easy read. Comprising 51 poems on 58 pages, it’s separated into 5 sections; Rhythm and Rhymes, Cakes and Candles, Riddles of Fortune, Thorns and Roses, and Gospel Truth. In Rhythm and Rhymes, he covers different areas of social life, its vices and virtues and where the lines are too thin to see a difference. In Letter to the Pontiff, I feel Mulumba was at his most candid, .

Kintu – Jennifer Makumbi

So he was sacrificed at the altar of knowledge?’ Kusi tries to reconcile her mother and aunt. ‘For knowing and refusing to know,’ her aunt says confidently. Is this how Nigerians felt when “Things Fall Apart” or “No Longer at Ease” were released? Is it how the Kenyans felt when “Carcase for Hounds” or “The River Between” were released? When you ask Google what famous Ugandan novels she knows, she will give you ten .

Weight of Whispers – Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Kuseremane. Kuseremane. Kuseremane. The name whose whispers turns friends into strangers, allies into enemies, relatives into snitches. Weight of Whispers by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is a tragic tale of a tall Rwandese prince whose fortunes are changed within five days of the death of two presidents. One can become an exile and refugee in a matter of time it seems. It is the utmost irony in a narrative we’ve known only one way about .

Discovering Home – Binyavanga Wainana

What a beautiful journey. From the seeming encumbrance of metered school life in South Africa the to the sights, sounds and people of home, Binyavanga details in his short story the (re)discovery of home, one’s roots, one’s people, in a very descriptive, witty, engaging and emotive style. Discovering Home is 13 months of a trip back home laid down in an enjoyable 4-chapter short story. In fact, he says little about South Africa except .

My Hair Grows Like A Tree – Tamika Phillip

“Tami, I don’t understand your hair”. This question is the start of a seemingly short but deep journey into the world of a woman’s hair, what it means, or whether it should mean anything and its connection to the earth. A book written for young girls and women, it tries to show the connection between the earth, the trees, the mountains, the sun, the rain; and our bodies and hair. Tamika’s short book is .

How to Write About Africa -Binyavanga Wainana

I’ll be honest. I’ve never read a short story collection this short. It was only three stories long, and fit on 48-A6 size pages.  In general, a forty minute read worth of tongue-in-cheek reflection about Africa and the people who write about Africa or want to be a part of it. Two of the stories are by Caine Prize Winner Binyavanga Wainana. The title story “How to Write About Africa” is a satirical but .