‘OUR SISTER KILLJOY’ A REVIEW

Ama Ata Aidoo proves was ahead of her milieu when she penned Our Sister Killjoy.

Sissie, a young brilliant Ghanaian lady gets an academic scholarship to go to Germany. There, she encounters a whole new world, with a new of life.

Through Sissie, Prof. Aidoo tackles salient issues of our time, as is quintessential of her.

Like the seasoned author she is, she combines poetry and prose in a beautiful, congenial and artistic way.

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‘BIRTH OF A NATION’ – A REVIEW

Gerad Loughran eruditely revisits Kenya’s history in this eye-opening book. Having served over twelve years at the Nation newspaper in Nairobi, Gerad has seen it all.

From pre-independence fever, Kenya’s inaugural government, dictatorship, post-election violence, and everything in between.

He captures the salient moments in a way only a seasoned journalist could. He tracks the journey of the Nation newspaper. From its humble beginnings to the massive, multi-billion enterprise it now is.

Gerad opens the lid on the intricacies of establishing an independent press. He talks of the delicate balance of complying with government on one hand while maintaining an autonomous, reliable and truthful voice.

It’s educating, entertaining and insightful.

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‘WOMEN AND LEADERSHIP’ – A REVIEW

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Women and Leadership is the most resourceful book on this subject yet. Written jointly by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, it gives the reader the elusive 360-degree view on women in leadership. Specifically, on the impact of gender on the treatment of leaders.

As if their accomplished careers were not enough to learn from, they have further embellished this book with even more insight. Some of the most formidable leaders of our time including Hillary Clinton, Christine Largade and President Sirleaf, have lent their experience to this book.

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‘A BIT OF DIFFERENCE’ – A REVIEW

The winner of the 2006 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa delivers a thrilling tale in this novel. Set partly in Nigeria, London and Atlanta, Sefi’s penmanship explores the defining shades of our societal architecture.

Her lead character, Adeola, is born into an affluent banking family. Her life is planned out until she decides to go against the grain. She studies accountancy in London and gets a job as an auditor. On an assignment in Nigeria, she meets a man, Wale and leaves Nigeria with more than just memories.

Sefi confronts the tones of classism, ethnicity and religion. How these three co-exist and their implications on human relations.

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‘BORN A CRIME’ – A REVIEW

How does a kid go from scrapping and clawing in the slums of Soweto to interviewing President Barack Obama?

How does anyone turn lemons into lemonade?

The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah delivers his most articulate work yet in these memoirs. Born in Apartheid South Africa, to a white man and a black woman, he was evidence of a crime. He chronicles his struggle to fit in. Being part of everything yet nothing at all, at the same time.

In quintessential Trevor Noah humor, he traverses the themes of racism, color, and the intricacies of dual heritage.

It’s a moving, insightful and still hilarious encapsulation of a life still being lived well.

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‘POLITICAL RISK’ – A REVIEW

Poitical Risk was birthed in an MBA Stanford Class. It’s a book written by one of the world’s most distinguished diplomats – Condoleezza Rice and Amy Zegrat. These two accomplished scholars bring their decades worth of expertise to write a book on political risk. An underestimated yet inevitable aspect of our daily lives. 

They study governments, businesses, entertainment and everything in between to demystify and enlighten their readers on this subject. 

Why is it that some organizations can survive life-altering crises and bounce back better yet some simply crumble?

Why are some leaders more effective at weathering the storm than others?

What’s the nexus between political risk and our daily lives?

This book answers these question and so many more.

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‘MAUMAU DETAINEE’ – A REVIEW

Josiah Mwangi Kariuki better known as J.M. Kariuki captures the brutality of British colonial rule in Kenya. Written from a first-hand account, J. M. Kariuki details his upbringing and juxtaposes it with his adulthood at the apogee of British rule in Kenya. 

These memoirs center on his incarceration in the most inhumane of places under the British-imposed State of Emergency in Kenya. 

MauMau’ Detainee encapsulates the horrors of colonial rule in Kenya. It speaks to the sacrifices of sweat and blood that Kenyans made for their independence. It is peppered with timeless Gikuyu proverbs and crucial historical information. 

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‘ON BLACK SISTERS STREET’ – A REVIEW

On Black Sisters Street is a moving story about identity, hard truths and self-discovery. Set partly in Africa and partly in Europe, Chika Unigwe’s story follows the lives of six girls. Initially, from disparate walks of life yet brought together by the vicissitudes of life. 

A need for a fresh start, the promise of independence, the tempting allure of a new chapter of life. A combustible combination that sees them all leave Africa for Europe. The death of Sisi, one of the six, provides a much-needed point of introspection to their lives. 

To go back home or to stay put and move on? That is the question for the remaining sisters. 

Chika delivered a thrilling, sobering and enlightening masterpiece in this book. 

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‘MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY’ – A REVIEW

What was it like being side-by-side and witnessing first-hand as one of the greatest civil rights icons of any generation fought for justice and equality?

How does one face so much tribulations yet still emerge from the fire stronger and with greater resolve?

How does one go from a discriminated, cotton-pickig, black girl growing up in the segregated South to dining with Head of States, Royalty and making an indelible mark on the world stage?

One name: CORETTA SCOTT KING. 

In My Life, My Love, My Legacy, Coretta Scott King tells her life’s story. She recounts her difficult upbringing growing up in racist Alabama, being openly discriminated against and finding her place in all the chaos. 

Coretta offers readers a front-row seat to her relationship with a young Martin Luther King. From her courtship, marriage, all the way to his fight against racism and injustice. 

More importantly, with decisive humility, she reminds readers that before she was Mrs King, there was a Coretta Scott and long after Dr. King is assassinated, she had a meaningful, impactful life. 

Her memoirs tell the story of a bold, once-in-a-life time- woman, who was knocked down seven times but got back up eight. It’s a moving, sobering, and inspiring tribute to a life well-lived, to honors well-earned. 

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‘ONE DAY I WILL WRITE ABOUT THIS PLACE’ – A REVIEW

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Kenya’s winner of the 2002 Caine Prize for African Writing delivers a sobering account of his life in his memoirs One Day I Will Write About This Place. Bivanyanga Wainana was as multi-cultural as he was multi-talented. 

Herein, he recounts significant moments of his upbringing. He has seen it all – Daring despotism, a smooth transfer of power, rigged elections, civil war. 

Vicariously, he accompanies the reader revisiting these epochs in time. In juxtaposing these different zeitgeists, he offers a unique perspective on the intricacies of democracy, writing, nation-building and humanity itself. 

One of the hallmarks of his life was founding the Kwani Trust in Kenya to nurture and mentor writers who wanted to tell the African story.

Bivanyanga holds nothing back. He writes in a uniquely African, easy-to-read, inviting language. He tackles death, sexual assault, language, politics and so much more. 

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