For days, Adesuwa has been daydreaming of warm, red sand. She throws memories of it into everything she does. When she eats food conjured up in her apartment, she swallows painfully. When she makes use of the company of her loud African-American friends, or goes to the Nigerian restaurant close by to eat iyan with egusi, she still does not get the sweet taste of home… [5mins]
Swirls of dead ashes wafted out from the opposite shop, followed by the pull of something heavy, then the gentle sweep of the floor with a broom. More ashes, swirling and swirling, mingling with the dust from the sweeping and turning everywhere into a whitish gauze. Abu preferred to watch Mama Ghana this way, on most mornings… [10mins]
He tells me, “Sit down,” and I do, amused by his politeness and the direct power in his words. But this living room is his kingdom and even though he’s broken, he is king… [5mins]
At first, everybody was excited about the coming year. The last day of the year was seen as an ideal time to reflect on doing things differently. For most, a time for reinvention, to start anew, but first to break the shackles off the old year… [1min]
We’ve joined forces with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s award-winning publishers to give away five copies of her highly anticipated new book, Dear Ijeawele.
An illicit love affair that turns sour is the starting point in this lyrical and moving exploration of the human heart. Véronique Tadjo weaves together a rich tapestry of voices to tell stories of parting and return, suffering, healing and desire.
A review by Darkowaa of AfricanBookAddict.com.
Her free hand clutches his wrist all through the ride, except when the steering wheel demands her use of both hands. She divides her attention between the road and his face. Her eyes dig beyond his countenance to uncover his thoughts… [10mins]