Africa through Literature

As a victim of the high unemployment rate in South Africa, I am always in search of productive ways to  keep myself preoccupied. I’ve recently started going to the library often, not only to read the books but to study and use the free internet.

Most people don’t know this about me but I am a low-key avid reader. In fact I’ve developed a keen interest in Africa through literature. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the late Chinua Achebe have me yearning for a two month long vacation in Nigeria. The former remains my favourite author.

I am fascinated by the rich culture of African people, traditions, food and story telling. I also like how I can somehow relate to the characters and their practices and beliefs. Another book that fueled my interest in Africa came free with a copy of Destiny magazine, “Africa is open for Business” by Victor Kgomoeswana (an African business expert). It is basically  about the economic development in Africa and I learnt a lot from it. Besides reading books, my Mondays are reserved for the Sunday news paper (Sunday Times), I always read the business section first before going through the rest of the news paper.

The first item on my bucket list is to travel around Africa. I would especially love to travel to Kenya. I watched the movie “the first grader” (based on the life of Kimani Maruge) over and over again and each time my desperation to visit the country intensified. (I also like Naomi Harris’s acting abilities, she also did a good job in Mandela: Long walk to freedom)

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A few books from my bookshelf. Steve Biko’s “I write what i like” was a gift from my cousin.

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