However Long the Night: Molly Melching’s Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph

Author is mostly known for She is the founder of Tostan, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) headquartered in Dakar, Senegal whose mission it is to empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on the respect of human rights. Others publications None. Author is not a full-time writer. Prizes/Awards   University of Illinois Alumni Humanitarian... Continue Reading →

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One day I will write about this place by Binyavanga Wainaina

Author is mostly known for Refusing the young global leaders awards/nominations He has a very distinctive style (personality and in his writing) He has come out as a homosexual recently Wainaina has collected over 13,000 recipes from around Africa and is an expert on traditional and modern African cuisines Others publications  "Discovering Home"" (short story,... Continue Reading →

under the neem tree senegal is launching

I have mentioned my Senegalese origins in almost every other post this year, so to speak. What can I say? I am a proud Senegalese, which means I will use every opportunity to mention Senegal. Moreover, I always remind my readers that in Senegal we speak french. I had intended this blog to be a bilingual space when  language... Continue Reading →

From the baobab to the Saguaro by Rahmatou Seck Samb

This book is in French and, I don't think it will ever be translated in english - my personal opinion of course. That's a shame! Such a beautiful story about one of the oldest ethnic group of Senegal - The Lebus. I will not discuss the book  in great details, but I will, however  briefly comment on some interesting elements. For those... Continue Reading →

So long a letter by Mariama Ba

This is my second time reading "So long a letter". It was mandatory in my secondary school, unfortunately, I can't recall the exact grade. I command the fact that this book was made mandatory in several french-speaking countries, but should 12 years old kids read this kind of book? In any case,  let's say that my  subsequent... Continue Reading →

Something Torn and New: An African Renaissance by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Technically, this is a set of lectures by Professor Thiong’o on African renaissance and languages. The author presents the case for writing in African languages and the pride of African names. Also, there is a great discussion on what is needed for an African Renaissance. You would expect this to be a tedious read, but... Continue Reading →

The Imoko night by Boubacar Boris Diop

This is my first time reading a collection of short stories and I most definitely enjoy it.  I had the immense privilege to attend a conference by this author last month ( I bought this book on that day). The themes of that great event were : FrancAfrique (France + Afrique) relationship, Cheikh Anta Diop, the author's... Continue Reading →

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