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There’s nothing like the smell and feel of a good ol fashioned book. Besides, it’s through reading that we learn, reflect and remember. The Journalist welcomes bookworms to the new ‘books’ section of our site where we’ll bring you interviews with authors, book reviews and reading lists. Here you’ll find the best paperbacks to curl up with, and the ‘must have’ hardcovers to have on your bookcase.

We’ll celebrate the great African writers of our time, the likes of Sol Plaatje, whose Native Life in South Africa turns 100 this year; as well as commemorate literary giants such as Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Wole Soyinka and Ben Okri. Alan Paton, Steve Biko and Nadine Gordimer, Zakes Mda and Binyavanga Wainaina.

The literary greats live on through their work.

And even though technology is altering the way we consume our novels and bestsellers, and the age of social media has us consuming no more than 140 characters at a time, The Journalist will bring you the novelists, academics and intellectuals who, through their writing, recording and archiving, feed our souls with the pleasure of reading.

Let’s Talk Frankly

Let’s Talk Frankly

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Year of Chinua Achebe’s ‘A Man of the People’

Year of Chinua Achebe’s ‘A Man of the People’

Pambazuka This year, Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People celebrates its 50th anniversary. The writer’s fourth novel is the gripping satire through which he was perceived not only as the Father of African Literature, but also a prophet. A Man of the People is published in early January 1966. This is a few days before the military coup d’état that overthrows the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa civilian government in Nigeria, which the supposedly outgoing British occupation-governor had imposed on the...

Flora Nwapa and the Letter That Changed Nigerian Literature Forever

Flora Nwapa and the Letter That Changed Nigerian Literature Forever

Ainehi Edoro In the early 1960s, Flora Nwapa sent Chinua Achebe a mail containing a manuscript. She probably didn’t imagine that much would come out of it. However, 50 years later, we celebrate Efuru, a feminist and cultural work; and the first book written by a Nigerian woman to be published. Unlike most writers of […]

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