Prof. Ngugi makes an insightful analysis of the inexorable rise of African novel in this book. He traces its origins back to 1962 at the African Writers of English Expression Conference convened at Makerere University, Uganda.

He makes reference to the works of Africa’s greatest writers among them:

Ama Ata Aidoo; Micere Mugo; Bessie Head; Buchi Emecheta; Mariama Ba; Tsitsi Dangarembga; Chinua Achebe; Christopher Okigbo; Wole Soyinka; James Ngugi; Bloke Modisane; and Ezekiel Mphahlele.

Ngugi, like his father before him, grapples with many questions herein, chief among them being; what is African literature?

What’s the place of African languages in building and sustaining African literature?

How did we get here?

What does the future portend?

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‘Dollars and No Sense’-A Review

The first read of the year!

Matters money! A subject I shall be reading plenty on this year.

Why do you spend money like you do? Are there trends in money spending? What can our money habits teach us about ourselves?

Simeon Lindstrom explores these questions and much more herein.

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David Epstein draws from an eclectic pool of intellectual resources to bring the wisdom enshrined herein. He interviews athletes, artists, grandmasters, veterans, doctors and everyone in between.

He eruditely makes a case for a generalist in lieu of a specialist approach. He constantly draws from that rich eclectic pool to change the reader’s attitude and mindset.

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Have you ever lost someone you loved dearly? Have you ever felt the weight of grief on your shoulders? The drain in energy resulting from mourning?

That’s what Chimamanda captures in this short but powerful piece of art. She lost her dad to kidney complications and it weighed heavily on her.

Herein, she captures those somber, private and uniquely personal moments. The ebb and tide of healing and coming to terms with the reality of death.

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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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Ikigai came about following a conversation between its two authors – Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles – at a bar in Tokyo. The conversation canvassed the trends on Western psychology. Specifically, logotherapy – a branch of psychology that helps people find their purpose in life. 

This conversation led them to interrogate the lives of the people of Japan. The country with highest population of the oldest people in the world. What is their secret to longevity and old age? The answer – Ikigai- “the happiness of always being busy”- thus became the subject of this book. 

Over a considerable span of time, the authors shadowed the lives of the people of Okinawa, participated in their customs and conducted interviews with the oldest among them. 

Ikigai provides the reader with both academic and social insights into living a meaningful life. It bears gems of wisdom from some of the healthiest and oldest people on earth concerning happening and vitality. It teleports the reader into the Japanese way of life, its teachings of healthy living, purpose and general wellbeing. 

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