Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I had watched the movie beforehand, hence I was sceptical thinking I already knew the story line. I read this book only because I love Chimamanda. But I must confess, I am glad I read the book. There is just too much detail and nuance that I had missed from watching the movie. The story is fiction but located in actual history. It begins just before the Biafran cessation (Nigerian civil war) right up until… Read more“Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Stokely Speaks: From Black Power to Pan-Africanism

This is a collection of speeches and articles delivered and written by the late Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) between 1965 and 1971. The book is loaded with consciousness and revolutionary theory which in essence is historical analysis. And like Cabral he believes that all revolutionaries must study and study more history. His analysis was brilliant, sharp and incisive. If more young people could read him maybe his dreams for the black people and the African… Read more“Stokely Speaks: From Black Power to Pan-Africanism”

These Bones Will Rise Again

I am usually sceptical when it comes to new authors and Panashe Chigumadzi was not an exception. But I must confess, These Bones Will Rise Again, was a pleasant surprise. The book is short and beautifully written. A personal story interwoven with the greater historical narrative of Zimbabwe. This book is loaded with feminist, political, historical and philosophical insights.

Women can think on their own

When Fadzai Mahere expressed her desire to stand as an independent candidate, many people accused her of being used by Zanu PF to split the opposition vote. Having listened to the people’s concerns, we are told that she send letters to all the big parties in the opposition.¬†Perhaps, as an overture for future talks. With that, many including myself, thought Fadzai was so full of herself. Did she seriously expect political parties to kowtow to… Read more“Women can think on their own”

MDCT succession wrangles: Behave or ship out

Mukoma Alex Magaisa in his blog post titled The day after Tsvangirai¬†rightly pointed out, that what is currently obtaining in the MDCT is purely politics. I too share the same view. I believe these MDCT succession wrangles are an example of politics 101. People must not expect the MDCT to behave like a church. It is a political party. And by nature, power within political parties is contested. The Political Debate That said, most people… Read more“MDCT succession wrangles: Behave or ship out”