What is better to do in the coming of the cold winter months than to snuggle up with a good book? We've picked some of our most enjoyed books that educated, inspired, and celebrate the beautiful African Diaspora. Spilt Milk by Kopano Matlwa A story of two passionate people who share a shameful past and a tenuous present. The remarkable narrative follows headmistress Mohumagadi—of the eli[...]
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  Femme noire, femme africaine, Ô toi ma mère, je pense à toi... Ô Daman, ô ma Mère, Toi qui me portas sur le dos, Toi qui m'allaitas, toi qui gouvernas mes premiers pas, Toi qui la première m'ouvris les yeux aux prodiges de la terre, Je pense à toi... Ô toi Daman, Ô ma mère, Toi qui essuyas mes larmes, Toi qui me réjouissais le cœur, Toi qui, patiemment, supportais mes capri[...]
Among the current crop of writers in South Africa, Kopano Matlwa stands uniquely head and shoulders above the rest. This grounded twenty-two year old author of provocative novel Coconut about black South African youths’ loss of identity in their highly Westernised nation highlights what can happen to African children when they realize that in a world that is black-and-white, life can be cruel when[...]
 Reviewed by  Carolyne Muthoni Njihia for Africlectic Magazine After coming across this book a few times on the shelves, I finally decided to pick up ‘On Black Sisters’ Street’ by Chika Unigwe, a Belgian based writer of Nigerian origin. Having read some good reviews, I’m glad I did. In brief, it is the story of four different women - Sisi, Ama, Efe, and Joyce - who leave their African homes [...]