2020 is a year that we will not soon forget. In a year of disruptions, literature stood out as a balm for an awkward reality.
From activism to democracy; individualism to dignity, this year’s 1-54 Contemporary African Art fair touched on a myriad of themes that highlighted the unbreakable bonds between Africa and its Diaspora.
Mental health, religion and the immigrant experience take center stage in Yaa Gyasi’s new novel, Transcendent Kingdom.
The Girl With the Louding Voice is a delightful novel that follows the trials and triumphs of Adunni, a fourteen-year-old domestic worker in Nigeria.
Bernadine Evaristo’s new novel Girl, Woman, Other is a tender, thought-provoking, and gleefully original novel that follows twelve characters as they chart a meaningful existence in Britain.
Katasi E. Kironde is the founder of Elevate 256, a diaspora based organization that promotes Ugandan culture and history. In this interview, Katasi discusses the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Ugandans. Also, she looks at the act of social distancing and how it has affected family health and grieving rituals. Lastly, we discuss the ingenuity and flexibility Elevate 256 has found in using its digital platform to keep people connected.
This reflection is by Esther Nangobi Mirembe, the managing editor of Writivism, a literary initiative based in Uganda. Esther’s beautiful non-fiction piece is about the disruption brought by the Covid -19 pandemic as well as the tranquility they have found in literature.