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Chrys Chimé, a postgraduate student at Southampton, writes a book: The Wacky World of Dark Dictators. Many Publishers were not impressed, but Pete Alott, an upstart publisher and son of a British publishing mogul decides to gamble on it. The book stirs up the Rastamuffins, an obscure group of fundamentalist Rastafarians, who considered it heretical and a collec

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Samassi, a young man from one of the French-speaking African countries, secures a scholarship to study in London. Midway through his English language course his scholarship is withdrawn, forcing him to take up jobs to support himself. He graduates and eventually secures a good job – after several futile attempts.   For an African with accent, Samassi&rsqu

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African culture forbids children from speaking ill of their parents. Parental brutality, autocracy or neglect must either be denied or accepted as part of a strict upbringing regime designed to ensure that children are well-brought up to become useful to themselves in the future.    Evans Kinyua breaks rank with this tradition. In a brutally frank and mov

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Authenticity - the external self in conformity with the inner self, to be sincere to oneself, is a state of genteel well being, and therefore of true happiness.  It is the state of being whole, and in a sense, of experiencing holiness.  It is the ideal of being a Christian in any cultural context, a challenge to all Christians everywhere.  

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The moon is high and round. Its silvery light washes over and illuminates all in the homestead. In the centre of the homestead is a small bonfire. Some women are roasting corn and pears. Not far from the bonfire, sat a group of children and adults. The attention of the group is focused on the old man with a cow tail flung casually over his left shoulder.   The

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The need for unity has been a recurring theme in Africa’s irredentist struggles against the forces of fragmentation and general underdevelopment. A truly united Africa however cannot be made without a prior making of the African. Currently, a shared sense of being African is at best still in a state of flux. The idea of Africa itself has also not been satisfacto

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Amid the smouldering tension of impending civil war, Pete Gutter Ogwu and his wife Teresa are forced to flee their home in western Nigeria, leaving behind a young son and their housemaid. Adopted by Madam Cash, Femi grows up to be an idealistic socialist writer, convinced that he is destined for greatness. Bimbo, the result of a fetish union between Ogwu and a local m

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