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The articles below are the most recent additions to the Culture category of Africa InfoServ. To read an article, click on its title. To see more Culture articles or to search a particular topic, click on Africa Archive. Articles marked with a magnifying glass ( Longer, analytical article. ) are longer, more analytical pieces.

1. Longer, analytical article. Despite decades of exile, I still feel the pull of my homeland
Author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o Date Written: 9 September 2015
Primary Category: Culture Document Origin: The Guardian
Secondary Category: Human Rights Source URL: http://www.theguardian.com
Key Words: Exile, London, Kenya, suitcase

Summary & Comment: Ngugi wa Thiong’o was forced into exile by politics of his country but he did not lose his voice nor his touch. He compensates his bitterness by writing more about home, Kenya. MM.
2. Longer, analytical article. The spirit of Africa’s people will transform the continent
Author: Ben Okri Date Written: 7 September 2015
Primary Category: Culture Document Origin: Guardian
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http://www.theguardian.com
Key Words: Africa, Creativity, resilience, spirit, renewal,

Summary & Comment: "Our nations were shaped by outside forces and faced instability from their creation. But from art to business I can see the resilience and creativity that will help us overcome the challenges...Lift your eyes from the art of the continent to the teeming life of the people. About Africa, one thing is certain: its extraordinary gift of vitality . . . [expand]
3. Returning to Kenya after eleven years: It’s a thin line between love and hate…
Author: Njoki Wa Ngugi Date Written: 27 July 2015
Primary Category: Culture Document Origin: Kalamu.com
Secondary Category: Eastern Region Source URL: http://kalamu.com/
Key Words: Kenya, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Mwangi Cowboy, Zimbabwe

Summary & Comment: There was a time when Kenya was a hot bed of oppression, writers like Ngugi wa Thiong’o were promoted into prison and eventually banished out of the country. wa Thiong’o’s children suffered they also endured the pain, one of his children goes down the memory lane and back. MM
4. Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo: ’I like to write from the bone’
Author: Sabine Peschel Date Written: 15 July 2015
Primary Category: Culture Document Origin: Deutsche Welle
Secondary Category: Zimbabwe Source URL: http://www.dw.com/en
Key Words: Zimbabwe, names, NoViolet

Summary & Comment: NoViolet Bulawayo, a Zimbabwean author has made the Zimbabwean story about suffering and hope to appeal to everyone globally. MM
5. Longer, analytical article. Does culture preclude the right to safe sex on the continent?
Author: Kagure Mugo Date Written: 13 May 2015
Primary Category: Culture Document Origin: ThisisAfrica
Secondary Category: Gender Source URL: http://thisisafrica.me/
Key Words: Culture, safe sex, gender, abortion, AIDS, discussion.

Summary & Comment: Under traditional culture, discussion between sexes of sexual practises and ethics was forbidden. This seemed to work OK for men, since tradition was that their sexual rights were paramount. The arrival of AIDS and the need for education on sexual matters raised questions about this as a barrier to healthy and respectful relationships, and indeed t . . . [expand]
6. Why am I not full of CRAP (Chronic Racism and Prejudice)
Author: Chris Greenland Date Written: 3 March 2015
Primary Category: Culture Document Origin: Kubatana
Secondary Category: Southern Region Source URL: http://Kubatana.net
Key Words: Southern Africa, Greenland, Justice, coloured, diversity

Summary & Comment: Out of an amazing diversity of racial origin, multi-racial experiences, Greenland, a retired Justice from Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) describes his and his family’s exposure to all races and tribes in several countries and their achievement of `non-CRAP’. An amazing read. JK
7. 3 Novels from Angola
Author: Agualusa, Pepetela, Metcalf Date Written: 1 February 2015
Primary Category: Culture Document Origin: The Guardian
Secondary Category: Angola Source URL:
Key Words: Angola, fiction, politics, culture, books

Summary & Comment: Three novels by professional writers- 2 Angolan- giving different fictional angles on life and the governing and the resisting that has gone on since colonial times. Recommended by the Guardian. JK

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