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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Last Easter, I had the pleasure of reading one of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s books for the first time. I didn’t stop at only one of her novels, though. Rather, I jumped in with both feet and read Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah back to back. I hadn’t planned to do this particularly—I don’t generally read fiction—but my mother who knows what a fan of Ms. Adichie’s I am, passed on these books to me on Easter weekend after she was done with them herself. With lots of time on my hands, I couldn’t resist! Before I begin telling you about either book, allow me … Continue reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Yemi Alade – ‘Na Gode’ (Swahili Version)

It’s a new day in Africa, and I love it! What makes me say that? I say that because we now have the likes of award-winning Nigerian recording artist Yemi Alade remaking her songs in Swahili for African fans on the other side of the continent (she specifically mentions Kenya). Why does that matter? It matters to me because finally, I am seeing the fruit of much-spoken-about Pan-African ideals not only in the usual rhetoric of our political leaders (sorry I don’t have much faith in that) but also in the everyday lives of regular Africans and in pop culture, which usually reflects the zeitgeist of the times. … Continue reading Yemi Alade – ‘Na Gode’ (Swahili Version)