Book review: Disgrace, by J. M. Coetzee

John M. Coetzee, in his novel, Disgrace (1999), explores the challenges that members of European community face in post-apartheid South Africa. The author focuses on the career and private life of the main character in the novel, David Lurie, as a pointer to the injustices meted against European minorities within the South African society.

Writer Review: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Birth: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Enugu state of Nigeria (1977) and grew up in the University town of Nsuka. Her parents were members of the Academic staff at the University, which partly ensured her early exposure to the world of academia. She is currently among the highest critically acclaimed authors of contemporary African…

Writer Review: Mariama Ba

Birth: Mariama Ba was born in Senegal (1929) and died in 1981. She grew up in a well-to-do, working class family. She experienced the difficulties encountered by women in her largely patriarchal Muslim community. Mariama Ba later married and after sometime divorced a prominent member of parliament in the Senegalese government, further adding to her…

Writer Review: Chinua Achebe

Birth: Chinua Achebe (Also Known as Chinua Chinualumogu Achebe) was a Nigerian Author, born in the village of Ogidi, Nigeria (1930). Chinua Achebe was raised by parent converted to the newly introduced Christian religion at the time. He grew up around a culture of story-telling, where elders in his environment were constantly telling stories. This…

Writer Review: Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

Birth: Ngugi Wa Thiong’o was born in Kenya, 1938. He was among several children in a large peasant family. He grew up in the period marked by Kenya’s struggle for independence and self-rule. The Maumau war was an initiation of the indigenous Kenyan people in their struggle for independence. Education: Ngugi benefited from the education…