An American literature academic once told Chinua Achebe that after reading his critique of Joseph Conrad’s Hearts of Darkness, the academic understood Conrad’s book for the first time. This, despite the fact that the academic had been teaching the book for years! This anecdote captures what Achebe was all about. By deconstructing [...]
Recently, I had the great pleasure of receiving Daudi Peterson’s 228-page book HADZABE – By the Light of a Million Fires, which chronicles the life of the the last living hunter-gatherer people in East Africa, the Hadzabe (or Hadza). Far from a scientific evaluation that features collected data points and [...]
Ben Hinson is a once-in-a-lifetime find. The Ghanaian native has lived in Ghana, Nigeria, England, and numerous locations within the United States. He captures his growth and observations on life in beautiful free verse and poetry in his first collection, Chapters of Me: Deep Thoughts Vol. 1.
Rodney Wood was a remarkable man, a great naturalist who spent 50 years mainly in Nyasaland (now Malawi) studying and collecting mammals, birds, fish, insects, shells, and plants. After a good education, he turned his back on the formalities of life in England and became a cotton farmer in Africa.