Tag: Issue 87

Chinua Achebe and the Risky Business of Being an Ancestor

What to do with the world Achebe has left us.

Both Nadine Gordimer and Simon Gikandi have said that the publication of Things Fall Apart marks the invention of the African novel. True, there had been novels in Africa long before Chinua Achebe came on the scene. But the publication of Things Fall Apart is the event that inaugurated the African novel as a global literary project. It was essentially the global debut of the novel as an African form.

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Joyce Sikhakhane-Rankin: An all round media pioneer

A life of service through activism and journalism

Sikhakhane-Rankin was born in 1943 at the Bridgeman Memorial Maternity Hospital in Johannesburg, and lived with her family in Orlando West close to the residences of ANC stalwarts such as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.Growing up in Orlando West in the presence of social activists, she played with the Mandela and the Sisulu children. She attended Holy Cross Primary…

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