Why Christopher Okigbo matters 50 years after

Yes, one of his publications is in the shifting header on my blog. His name is Christopher Okigbo and he was a famous writer and poet from the southern parts of Nigeria. He died during the civil war, where he fought on the side of Biafra.

Ali Mazrui, the Kenyan and global giant, wrote a book (The trial of Christopher Okigbo) on the attitude of Okigbo in choosing this military life.

What is the legacy of Okigbo, 50 years on? Read about it here


9th Coal City Book Convention to focus on women

There will be another literary meeting at Enugu. This years Book Convention will put women at center stage (aren’t women always center stage when the real things happen?). Three women will receive a life-award, this award is not named  after a woman, but it is still an important award. Read about these three women and the convention here

Zuma’s Spooks Are Using Apartheid-Era Tricks

The storm is not over. The winds are still blowing, the news is spreading like wildfire. There are attempts to block the spread of The President’s Keepers by Jacques Pauw. Max du Preez is familiar with attempts to block a publication, that was during the days of apartheid. Not much has changed in the way of tactics.

Read what Du Preez has to say here.

The beginning of the President’s Keepers by Jacques Pauw

On the site of Amazon you can have a view of the beginning of the book The President’s Keepers, written by the South African chef and investigative journalist Jacques Pauw. Legal action has been started against the publication of this sensitive and explosive book.

Have a look here

State Security Agency demand that publisher withdraw The President’s Keepers

The freedom of the word is a difficult issue. Whether you fight against racism, fight against apartheid, or fight against corruption at whatever levels. South Africa is a country that has a troubled relationship with the freedom of the word. I happened during the years of the apartheid rule, but even these days the state organs can try to take legal step against an author and a publisher.

This happening right now with the book  The President’s Keepers by the journalist and author Jacques Pauw. He was the man who wrote a book on the secrecy of death squads during the apartheid years. 

Read more about it here.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor the president keepers

It’s not my job to answer books

The content of the book must be explosive. The content is about the people around the South African president Jacob Zuma. They are the people who keep him in power, or is it the way around.

Jacques Pauw is a chef in a popular restaurant, before that he was a journalist. He did a long investigation into the inner circle surrounding Jacob Zuma. He wrote it down. He published it. Then the powers started to invade.

Jacob Zuma does not answer. Others will do it.

Read more about it here

‘South Africa’s leaders blame Mandela for their own failure’

This is an interview with the man who finished Nelson Mandela’s biography on his presidential years. Mandla Langa finished what Mandela had started. The late president had been unable to finish his literary work due to his hectic schedule, travelling worldwide and meeting so many people. Photo: Mandla Langa by ©Victor Dlamini