The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu is melancholic, slow, ordinary, and thus, beautiful. It was the most perfect book I could have read while trying to come off my excitement high from a fantasy narrative. When I say it is ordinary, I do not mean at all that it is boring. It captured… Continue reading My Thoughts: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
Hey, y'all! A South African writer I'm personally familiar with, Karen Jennings, is offering a 12-week writing course in English to any South African citizen over the age of 18 - no prior writing experience required. I met Karen through Writivism's mentorship program, and she helped me edit a story that eventually made it into… Continue reading Mentorship Opportunity for South African Writers
In my opinion, re-writing our history, especially as Africans, is at least as important as documenting our present. And yes, I am indeed advocating for re-writing, as opposed to just learning or passing down already-documented history. Because history is always getting re-written anyway, so we might as well be the ones re-assuming control of the… Continue reading These Bones Will Rise Again: African women (re)writing ourselves into history
My name seems to have appeared in quite a few places over the past few months, so I thought it would be convenient to give my blog readers an update on all of them at once. I'm not usually this involved in things, so I don't expect blog posts like this to be frequent. But,… Continue reading Where I Been? (A Spider Kid Newsletter of Sorts)
Hello there. As you might have surmised from the title of this post, I have built an OTC blog. Its URL is akotowaaotc.wordpress.com and I have no doubt people are going to be getting confused because of how similar that URL is to this one. But ah well. The reason I built an OTC blog is… Continue reading I built an OTC blog.
What the title said. The Justice is a novel by Ghanaian author, Boakyewaa Glover. It’s marketed as a “political thriller” as indicated on the cover, but I’d probably call it a political romantic suspense-drama. But that’s a lot, so let’s just go with what the cover says, LOL. For me, it was one of those… Continue reading Okay, so Ghana, Imma need a “The Justice” series, like, ASAP
Author: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi If I had to summarize this book in a single word, I’d choose “epic”. Both the literal and connotative senses of the word are appropriate. I read this 430-page book in a single weekend, which, frankly, shocked even me. I had expected to have to dedicate a whole month to such… Continue reading My Thoughts: Kintu