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Gabriel Okara


Gabriel Okara

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Sumaila Umaisha


of course, if I’m writing on the rivers today they will not be the same because the fact that some rivers are affected means that the condition is not the same as it was.


. We had quite a lot of difficulty selling Petals of Blood in the United States. It was turned down by Pantheon. The editor there took on various people, like Marechera, but he didn’t think he could sell Petals of Blood in the American market.


James Currey

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Nourdin Bejjit

James Currey
Firoz Manji


Firoze Manji

interviewed by


: The OAU has morphed into the AU, but do you think we will ever see any real softening of borders...

FM: Well, as some wit put it recently, the AU – like its predecessor – is rather like a trade union of despots. If we rely only on our elites to build pan Africanism, it will remain a unity of those who make themselves rich at the expense of the rest of us.



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