Literature

Literature

Growing Up in Wilderness: African Stories of Doris Lessing

Reading Time: 11 minutesDoris Lessing was born to British parents, Alfred Taylor and Maud Me Veigh, in 1919. After the First World War, her father migrated to Africa and purchased three thousand acres of land to do farming. Her parents, her isolated and lonely childhood influenced not only the themes in her fiction but also shaped her as […]

Black Women Celebrate Africanness: Identity, Rights, Culture and Gender Assertion

Reading Time: 16 minutesThe cultural values of the ancient Africanness handed over to their children by Black mothers, even when values disappeared in history and ideas turned moribund through generations of slavery and oppression, with minimum identity of diasporic narration. Fragmented families, rootlessness, broken tie of families, victimised by slave trade and later slavery are the experience. Dr. […]

Confetti in a Storm

Reading Time: 4 minutesn intriguing story by Ismail that describes a day in the life of a poet. A Different Truths exclusive for the Special Feature on Africa. I’ve got to. Got to write it. Yes; the poem. It’s been on my mind for sometime: for quite a long time. I haven’t got any idea on how to […]

The End of all Arguments

Reading Time: 12 minutesThere was a culture hero who lived in what is today’s West Africa. He was especially well known and praised by the Ashanti People of Ghana. He was none other than the spider Ananse, the trickster, the master of all the stories of the world after he bought the stories from Nyame the sky god […]

Notes on Translating Poems of Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino into English

Reading Time: 7 minutesEvery language has its own qualities, not only in the poetic or linguistic sense, but also in the manner in which through the uniqueness of that language, the speakers of the language interpret its history and express their reality. In translating a poet like Ado Ahmad Gidan Dabino, one has to be aware that he […]

The Music of Dionysus in Adaptation by Soyinka of the Bacchae and Mukta-dhara by Tagore

Reading Time: 12 minutesTirthankar’s interesting research paper focusses on Soyinka’s adaptation of The Bacchae of Euripides and seeks to reread this play alongside Mukta-dhara (‘Free Current’) by Tagore. The author of the famous poem on Africa in Bengali, in which the Indian poet resents the colonial oppression of the African people, Tagore did not live to witness the […]

My Little King, A-Wooo

Reading Time: 11 minutesDr. Tzemin tells us a story of the biggest bull in the village, A-Wooo, fit to lead the herd of the cattle. How it became a king, was lost. Could the police find it? A Different Truths exclusive for the Africa Special Issue. If you have been to the south along this road, you will […]

Locked with Lantern and a Good Luck

Reading Time: 11 minutesAtrayee tells us an intriguing story about a NGC team, caught in the Eritrean-Ethiopian conflict and a kidnapping. What happened to Twisha? Here’s a literary thriller, exclusively for Different Truths, for the Africa Special Issue. Is it night already? So soon! The trace of daylight that has been permeating through that precarious locked door suddenly […]

Anthology of Poems on Africa of Earth and Beauty

Reading Time: 43 minutesWe present an Anthology of Poems, on Africa, wherein 66 poets, with as many poems, spread across 19 nations [India (41); Nigeria (8); two each from the US and Mauritius; and one each from Kazakhastan, Puerto Rico, Republic of China, Germany, Mexico, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Tanzania, Turkey, Ghana, Philippine and Pakistan] enriched it. […]

Do the Lions Have Their Own Storytellers?

Reading Time: 17 minutesArindam, our Editor-in-Chief, talks about the ownership of the narrative of Africa, by its people, using the ‘lion’ metaphor, by Chinua Achebe. He tells us how he discovered Africa within him, during his formative years. Four insightful edits by the Africa Special Issue editors, Michele Baron, Luz María López, Olaitan Maryam Mojisola, and Swati Kumar, deepen […]