Student protests dubbed #FeesMustFall in 2016 in Pretoria.
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An African literature lecturer shares how embodied teaching can help students feel that their lives and stories matter.
Dennis Brutus’s life is synonymous with South Africa’s freedom struggle.
Brutus’s life was closely interlinked with the rise of apartheid and offered a way to look at resistance to this system.
Keorapetse Kgositsile with US author Alice Walker, 1996.
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A study of the late Keorapetse Kgositsile shows how the poet influenced black American culture. It also shows how his mother and his grandmother's oral traditions in turn influenced him.
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Crime fiction is the second most popular literary genre in Africa after romance. A reading of Kenyan author Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ's Black Star Nairobi reveals how it has disrupted the genre.
Author Akwaeke Emezi.
Despite Nigeria's draconian laws against homosexuality, authors like the award-winning Akwaekwe Emezi are important new voices that add complexity to the question of identity.
African academics draw up a reading list that speaks to the vibrancy of contemporary as well as older African literature.
Christian missionaries in Congo in 1911. From the biography of Gwen Elen Lewis.
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It's hailed as one of the greatest works of fiction to emerge from Africa. But Things Fall Apart was written in English, sparking debate about the colonisation of language.
Amos Tutuola’s work is enjoying renewed interest and support.
Amos Tutuola has contributed significantly to the resilience of ways of life and worldviews that could easily have disappeared under the weight of colonialism, globalisation and the market economy.
Khanya College thought differently about its students and its curriculum.
Khanya College's curriculum was quite different from the one taught at other universities of the time. Its students studied oral African literature and history alongside Western literature.
Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie after a reading of her book ‘Americanah’ in Lagos in 2013.
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There is a thriving counter-current of transnational African literary life that confounds rather than caters to an international taste for "digestible" fiction.
Sol Plaatje never stopped learning, nor teaching.
How did Sol Plaatje, a man with only four years of formal schooling, become one of South Africa's most brilliant and committed public educators?
Its critics complain that current Afrodiasporic literature is not in tune with everyday life on the continent. They see its versions of Africa as sanitised and Westernised.
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Obioma's novel struggles to get going, then splutters and stalls to an unimpressive conclusion.
Actor Joseph Marcell plays the lead role in The Globe’s production of Shakespeare’s King Lear in Malta, Valletta. Shakespeare divides opinions and his texts often terrify learners.
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Is there a place for Shakespeare in African schools, or is his time long past?
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is hailed as one of the greatest novels ever set in Africa.
There's a fierce debate underway about changing university curricula in Africa and the UK to be less Eurocentric. Three academics offer their suggestions for a decolonised reading list.
Detractors argue that decolonising the curriculum to include writers like Steve Biko (who was much admired by former president Nelson Mandela) will lower standards.
Evidence from an 18-month-old research project suggests that making elements of the Humanities curriculum more Afro-centric boosts student engagement.
Odds were on for Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o winning the Nobel Prize this year.
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There is a surfeit of book prizes. Big ones, small ones, ones that award experimental fiction, others that concentrate on female authors, or young authors, or authors from Ireland or Latin America. African…
Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” would help students to question stereotypes.
In Salman Rushdie’s 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, the fictional character Whisky Sisodia comments that the “trouble with the Engenglish is that their hiss hiss history happened overseas, so they dodo…