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Chinua Achebe's The Education of a British-Protected Child

The Education of a British Protected Child

Chinua Achebe

reviewed by Zoe Norridge


It is the writer of fiction who sees the stories the others are spinning for themselves.  Achebe is an uncompromising critic of misrepresentation: from his enduring indictment of that “thoroughgoing racist” Joseph Conrad with his dangerously “fanciful” descriptions of the Congo, to his fierce criticism of the flaws of leadership in Nigerian politics. 


Abdourahman distinguishes himself from the mainstream of Francophone African writers through the depth of his thought processes, adroit use of language, and skilful re-writing of history.


In the United States of Africa

Abdourahman A. Waberi

reviewed by Peter Vanatu


In the United States of Africa, By Abdourahman Waberi
The Wonder


The Wonder

Diana Evans

reviewed by
Tola Ositelu

Apart from the author’s indiscriminate and often unnecessary use of brackets (a faux pas in fiction as far as I’m concerned), The Wonder is a very satisfying and engrossing read from start to bitter-sweet end, confirming Ms Evans hasn’t lost form. 


My worry though with most Zimbabwean poetry since And Now The Poets Speak of 1982, is the prevalence of melancholy. Our poets are yet to find an idiom that redeems, regardless of the well-known woes.


State of the Nation

Contemporary Zimbabwean Poetry

reviewed by

Memory Chirere

State of the Nation


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