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Review - Reporting Disasters: Famine, Aid, Politics and Media
Using the pivotal example of the Ethiopian famine in 1984-5, Suzanne Franks explores the media's ability to mobilise public opinion and philanthropic action in an unprecedented way.
Fiction So Popular, It's Criminal: The Rise of the Crime Novel in Africa
From corrupt detectives to questions of morality, the appetite for crime fiction is only growing across Africa – but these page-turners can do more than just entertain.
Uganda's 'Literary Desert' is Back in Bloom
In 1969, Taban lo Liyong declared Uganda "a literary desert". In 2013, Oscar Ranzo and a growing number of Ugandan authors would beg to differ.
Review – In the House of the Interpreter
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s new memoir charts his life as a young man facing, and personally resolving, the contradictions he finds in being part of a colonial African elite.
An Interview with Uche Umez
The Nigerian writer and poet discusses the challenges facing the arts and political expression in Nigeria, and the country's growing desensitisation to tragedy.
Review – There Was a Country by Chinua Achebe
In his book about the Biafran war, Achebe veers towards partisan politics rather than a personal memoir or balanced retelling of the history.
Review – Daughters Who Walk This Path
Yejide Kilanko, whose debut novel explores the persistence of status quo in Nigeria's patriarchal society, talks to Think Africa Press.
Review – Radio Congo: Signals of Hope from Africa’s Deadliest War
Full of revealing conversations with locals, Ben Rawlence's thoughtful and absorbing new book offers an alternative picture of the DRC.
Wainaina: One Day I Will Find My Voice
Despite Kenyan Writer Binyavanga Wainaina’s successes and the publication of his first book, he is still uncomfortable and struggles to find his voice.
The Caine Prize: Is There Such a Thing as 'African Writing'?
This year’s Caine Prize highlights the need to question the notion of ‘African writing’ if stereotypes of the continent are to be challenged.
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