I knocked on the door of apartment twenty-four for the third time. The smell of iru (locust beans) filled the hallway. If I do not get this food in soon, occupants of the second floor will call Mr Theodore, the building manager, about the odd smell in the building. I shook my head and knocked […]> Read on
1894 Ruanda-Urundi Standing a few feet from Rusumo Falls was the heavily bearded German. His boots were caked in mud and his long nose bobbed as if about to fall from his face. Flanking him were a few of his hungry and fatigued soldiers. The mid-morning sun baked their skins and beads of sweat formed […]> Read on
FAUSTUS It was on the morning after the night that Dusman met a faceless lady in the rain on a lane off River Road. One thing led to another and, a few days later, Dusman was lining up with other similarly afflicted persons outside Doctor Patel’s surgery. Doctor Patel was the best doctor in all of River Road […]> Read on
Editor’s Note: This book kiosk is happy to host the intercontinental online book tour of The Domestication of Munachi. The author, Ifesinachi Okoli-Okpagu, is going round, doing readings and sharing snippets of the her book. If you want to hear her voice, you can listen to her as she reads on the Sound Cloud link below. It […]> Read on
Hello, thank you so much for the opportunity to read from my book, The Domestication of Munachi. My name is Ifesinachi, and I will be reading from page 87. Here it goes: ### Mama Adanna did not kid herself that they had married for love. They had married for convenience. They had both been […]> Read on
Over a year ago, I started writing a column in the literary pages of the Saturday Nation. In that time, the bulk of the emails I have received from prospective Kenyan writers largely have a request and a complaint. The request is to find out whether I will be doing any writing workshops and if […]> Read on
(taken from the start of Part Three) Last month Malam Abdul-Nur stopped me at the entrance of the mosque and asked me if there was anything I wanted. First I was confused, thinking that perhaps he wanted to scold me for having done something wrong. But then his eyes were relaxed and the lines of […]> Read on
(taken from the start of Part Two) BACK TO SOKOTO 2006 Every time I stop to think that I have been happy these past few years in Sokoto, I kill the thought in my head because I am afraid that my being happy will jinx it. I have learned to tell lies to escape bad […]> Read on
So you think you can write fiction? We shall let award-winning novelist, short-story writer, 2015 Etisalat Prize for Fiction judge and Saturday Nation columnist Zukiswa Wanner decide that in her bi-monthly writing workshops from April until June. The workshops will culminate in a published anthology of short stories and yours could be one of them. […]> Read on
Reviewer: Troy Onyango Title: Boy, Interrupted Author: Saah Millimono Publisher: Kwani? Trust Year of Publication: 2014 ** For a long time this book has been on my To Be Read pile of books, untouched. Let’s admit it, African literature has been flooded with stories that are categorized as either ‘war porn’ or ‘poverty porn’. Be damned […]> Read on
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