9 Books About East and Horn of Africa You Need to Read Before End of 2013

Writer and poet Taban Lo Liyong, a well known literary figure in the region, described East Africa as “a literary desert.” He made these remarks in 1969, his view being that the region didn’t produce distinguished writers, or if it did, there was no body of work worthy of artistic merit. More than 40 years… Continue reading…

Nuruddin Farah: Keeping Somalia Alive

One late afternoon in April 2012, I was having it rough and could feel the early symptoms of a migraine coming on. After spending some time rubbing my temples and popping some pain relievers, I decided to do the decent thing. I left work early, went home, closed the curtains and tried to take a… Continue reading…

A Tribute to Chinua Achebe, a Craftsman of Indelible Letters

Some people are like events to be carved in our memory. Not even time would, with all the mystery, sweep away the connections formed, the thoughts spurned out of boredom. A few things in this world would even manage to take one from their world and hurl them into a life they never lived. And… Continue reading…

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