Chinua Achebe discusses Africa 50 years after “Things Fall Apart”

July 31, 2013

The Literary Giant on his most influential novel, its impact on Africa and the rest of the world.


Aimé Césaire: a leader of the cultural struggle

June 27, 2013

Aimé Césaire: a leader of the (cultural) struggle
By Philip Crispin

‘I am on the side of those who are oppressed.’ – Aimé Césaire

Aimé Césaire, the great poet, politician and playwright, was born in Martinique on 26 June, 1913. He died in 2008.

He shall be forever associated with the philosophy of negritude that he espoused with a huge impact on the francophone black world from the 1930s onwards. On the wave of Jamaican national hero Marcus Garvey’s ‘Back to Africa’ movement, negritude was a banner for ‘black consciousness’ avant la lettre, a rejection of and a riposte to disabling white mythologies. It straddled both a political project and a poetic renewal, confronting the violence of colonialism with cataclysmic passion.

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Celia Cruz y La Sonora Ponceña

May 26, 2013

Celia Cruz y La Sonora Ponceña – Raices

Chinua Achebe Funeral

May 25, 2013

Writer Chinua Achebe shunned Nigeria’s corrupt politicians and twice turned down national honours, never fearing to criticise those he felt ruined his country. Yesterday, however, the lawmakers and the country’s elite came to praise him.

Hundreds attended Achebe’s funeral among the rolling hills of his eastern Nigeria home, a service that saw President Goodluck Jonathan literally hold up the writer’s books. The gold plaque on his coffin simply called him the “eagle atop the Iroko tree” in his native Igbo language.

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Le Havre

November 3, 2011

Dennis Brutus

January 8, 2010

Your beautiful, powerful poetry and your lifelong fight against racism, apartheid and social injustice will never be forgotten. It will always be an inspiration.

RIP Brother

I am a rebel and freedom is my cause
Many of you have fought similar struggles
therefore you must join my cause:
My cause is a dream of freedom
and you must help me make my dream reality:
For why should I not dream and hope?
Is not revolution making reality of hopes?
Let us work together that my dream may be fulfilled
that I may return with my people out of exile
to live in one democracy in peace.
Is not my dream a noble one
worthy to stand beside freedom struggles everywhere?

Happy Birthday Mandela!

July 18, 2008

One of the great freedom fighters and figures in the history of humankind turns 90 years old today and is still with us.