Becoming MO and Thoughts on a Premature January Birthday

‘Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result’ – Michelle Obama When I read Becoming Michelle Obama, I suddenly agreed with what she said about growing and its infinite nature. She said she thought it was stupid for adults to ask kids what they wanted to ‘become’ when they grew up; –Continue reading “Becoming MO and Thoughts on a Premature January Birthday”

Book Review, – Barracoon, Zora Neale Hurston

Foreword  Barracoon is an enclosure where Black slaves were held for a period until they were transported to the New World. Barracoon derives from a Spanish word, Barraca/Barracoon which is the same as Barracks in English. *** In my review of Barracoon, one theme that kept resurfacing is the complete or gradual loss of the AfricanContinue reading “Book Review, – Barracoon, Zora Neale Hurston”

Book Review, The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin

if we, who can scarcely be considered a white nation, persist in thinking of ourselves as one, we condemn ourselves, with the truly white nations, to sterility and decay, whereas if we could accept ourselves as we are,  we might bring new life to the Western achievements and transform them… James Baldwin’s The Fire NextContinue reading “Book Review, The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin”

Book Review – Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

  Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing assures me more than ever of the importance of storytelling! Outside being Fante and being more than able to relate to a lot of occurrences in the book including the refreshing use of Fante diction, I am happy that through this story a lot more people will be exposed to theContinue reading “Book Review – Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi”

Letters to a YOUNG NOVELIST I Mario Vargas LLosa

Note from the blurb ;- “he (the writer) lays bare the inner workings of fiction, all the while urging young novelists not to lose touch with the elemental urge to create.” One of the truest reasons for my huge attraction to fiction is my recognition of the existence of inspiration all around us. There are storiesContinue reading “Letters to a YOUNG NOVELIST I Mario Vargas LLosa”

Book Review – Lifted by the Great Nothing, Karim Dimechkie

‘Then there was the checkout lady who had dry yellow hair that sat like a triangle of foam on her head and the kind of heavy glasses that seemed responsible for her nasal voice as she commented on the items she scanned with superlative enthusiasm: “these are just the best ever…..isn’t this the most amazing….ohContinue reading “Book Review – Lifted by the Great Nothing, Karim Dimechkie”

Dear Ijeawele, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This small book is a simple write up where Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie advises a friend on how to raise her daughter to be feminist. In fifteen suggestions spanning marriage, identity and a subtle discussion on hair and sexual politics she basically prescribes a solution for parenting her friend’s girl child urging herself and her friendContinue reading “Dear Ijeawele, A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Franz Kafka’s Metamorphoses

When I picked up this book; well to start off, I simply went through ibooks and got this amazing one hundred page masterpiece because I’m growing a gradual affinity to reading on devices. What made me read this book though? The metamorphoses is a book with strong roots in existentialist philosophy. The philosophy that questionsContinue reading “Franz Kafka’s Metamorphoses”

We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families

This book has a rather long and annoying title, but then the part about dying makes you wonder why anyone would want to inform another person when they’re going to die. Well quite apparently this book is about the Rwandan genocide and gradually explains the famous Hutu Tutsi conflict that would cause the Rwandan genocide. TheContinue reading “We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families”