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Nigeria: Frost's Dialogues On Faith With Billy Graham

[Guardian] For 30 years, Billy Graham and the author Sir David Frost fascinated television audiences with their conversations about God, the bible and Graham's decades' long ministry. Frost asked the questions that millions of viewers wanted to ask. Graham answered them with authenticity and grace. In this book, put together by Frost, with engaging honesty, Graham tells stories of his earliest crusades, his civil rights escapades and his role as a spiritual mentor to several American presidents. He also speaks about (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: Two Books On Mugabe's Fall and Mnangagwa's Rise

[The Conversation Africa] Penguin Books has released two books by Zimbabwean journalists in time to celebrate the first anniversary of the coup that finally put Robert Mugabe's ruinous reign to an end. These are Ray Ndlovu's In the Jaws of the Crocodile: Emmerson Mnangagwa's Rise to Power in Zimbabwe and The Graceless Fall of Robert Mugabe: The End of a Dictator's Reign by Geoffrey Nyarota. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Faith in Turbulent Times - a Priest's Autobiography of Life Under Apartheid

[The Conversation Africa] The argument has dragged on long enough about who should take the credit for bringing South Africa's apartheid regime to an end. Of course, some will immediately respond by saying that apartheid has not yet been defeated - it still lives on in innumerable ways. But at least the regime that promulgated the legislation and promoted the ideology has been defeated, whatever remnants remain. (AllAfrica)


Uganda: Aliker's Book Named 2018 Best Seller

[Monitor] Kampala -Fountain Publishers Ltd has said Dr Martin Aliker's book The Bell is Ringing, could turn out as Uganda's fastest selling book because of the number of copies which have had to be reprinted since its launch. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Leaders Extol Jonathan's Virtues At Book Launch

[Guardian] Former President Goodluck Jonathan was the subject of a flurry of encomiums in Abuja yesterday. The event was the launch of his book, My Transition Hours. (AllAfrica)


Southern Africa: Bushiri's Launches Book

[Nyasa Times] Key media houses in Southern Africa continue to be awash with extensive coverage of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri's launch of his six books on Tuesday in South Africa. (AllAfrica)


Gambia: Lamin Sanyang Lunches a Book Entitled 'Better Must Come'

[Foroyaa] A journalist in the person of Lamin Sanyang who was once a reporter for the Foroyaa Newspaper currently reporting for Fatu network yesterday October 27, 2018 launched a book entitled "Better Must Come" at the Brikama Regional Directorate, Region 2. (AllAfrica)


Namibia:Unchaining the Shackles of Sexual Violation

[New Era] Meet the 21-year-old adventurous Albertina Nande who was raised in an extended family by her paternal grandparents in the village of Okadidiya, some kilometres east of Eenhana in northern Namibia. (AllAfrica)


Kenya:Administrators to Get Paramilitary Training Amid Security Concerns

[Nation] At least 440 assistant county commissioners and 3,400 chiefs will undergo mandatory paramilitary training in the next six months, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has said. (AllAfrica)


Namibia:Greed Enables State Capture - Bestselling Author

[Namibian] The greed of politicians and negligent media reporting contributed to state capture in South Africa, investigative journalist and author Jacques Pauw said on the eve of the access to information day celebrations in Windhoek last week. (AllAfrica)


Africa:Making Africa Work

[The Point] Making Africa Work, by Greg Mills, Jeffrey Herbst, Olusegun Obasanjo and Dickie Davis (editors) (AllAfrica)


Africa:Book Nook - 'Out of Africa' By Karen Blixen

[Nation] Title: Out of Africa (AllAfrica)


Liberia:Alpha Collins' Book, "365 Quotes", Aims to Re-Energize, Shift Minds

[Observer] Author Alpha B. Collins (AllAfrica)


Ethiopia:Stakeholders Say Developing Reading Habit Top Priority

[Ethiopian Herald] ADDIS ABABA- Putting in place the necessary infrastructure to develop the reading habit of the dwellers is among the top priorities of the City Administration ,Addis Ababa City Mayor Engineer Takele Uma said. (AllAfrica)


Kenya:Makena Onjerika Wins Africa's Literary Award

[The Caine Prize] Kenyan writer Makena Onjerika has won the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing -- often described as Africa's leading literary award, for her short story entitled "Fanta Blackcurrant", published in Wasafiri (2017). (AllAfrica)


Africa:Nigerian-German Writer Efua Traoré Named Regional Winner for Africa in 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

[Commonwealth Short Story Prize] The Nigerian-German writer Efua Traoré is today announced the regional winner for Africa in the world's most global literary prize. (AllAfrica)


Liberia:Prominent Bongese Chronicles VP Taylor Untold Story

[New Liberia] Even before her ascendency as Vice President of Liberia, Jewel Howard -Taylor record has shown how hard she has worked -helping put smiles on the faces of the underprivileged. And so working with President George M. Weah to implement an aggressive agenda that provides hope for the poor is never a strange phenomenon. (AllAfrica)


Africa:Ngugi Wa a Thiong'o Set to Release Latest Gikuyu Book

[East African] US-based Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o's latest book is about to roll off the press, East African Educational Publishers, his Nairobi publisher, has said. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Book Extract - My Father Died for This

[The Journalist] When the Cradock Four's Fort Calata was murdered by agents of the apartheid state in 1985, his son Lukhanyo was only three years old. Thirty-one years later Lukhanyo, now a journalist, becomes one of the SABC Eight when he defies Hlaudi Motsoeneng's reign of censorship at the public broadcaster by writing an open letter that declares: my father didn't die for this. With his wife Abigail, Lukhanyo brings to life the father he never knew and investigates the mystery that surrounds his death despite two high- (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:New Book By Dele Ogun in Quest for the United States of Nigeria

[PR Newswire] London, New York and Johannesburg -London lawyer, keynote speaker and historian, Dele Ogun, recently launched his book on Nigerian and British-colonial leadership, 'A Fatherless People .' (AllAfrica)


Ghana:Does Trauma Define the Person? Aminatta Forna's Latest Novel, Happiness, Explores Love and Loss

[RFI] The chance meeting of a Ghanaian psychiatrist and an American urban biologist tracking foxes in London sets the pace for Happiness, the latest novel by award-winning writer Aminatta Forna. Does experiencing a traumatic event damage a person forever? Dr. Attila Asare, bucking traditional trauma research, examines his theory partially through flashbacks for the reader, as well as his attention to a case that he is indirectly tied to. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe:'Sloppy' Booksellers Under Fire

[The Herald] Some local published writers are worried about the poor bookselling and distribution methods used by the booksellers whom they would have engaged directly or indirectly. The writers said much remains to be done, as some booksellers have failed to function professionally and the book outlets are dwindling. (AllAfrica)


Sudan:Sudan's Identity, From Sinnar to Khartoum

[SudaNow] The question of identity is a globally intriguing issue. In the Sudan, what is often described as the 'dual identity' had contributed to the weakness of the country's political and geographical set-up. It is a long time since Sudan had departed from the times of unity and delved into the times of disintegration and wrangling over the relation between the center and the periphery. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Book Extract - Front-Line Feminism in the Twenty-First Century

[Daily Maverick] In a chapter of a new book, Feminism Is: South Africans Speak their Truth (Kwela Books), LARISSA KLAZINGA tackles what she terms front-line feminism by examining the rise of Jacob Zuma. (AllAfrica)


Sudan:Structural Analysis of Tayeb Salih's Novels

[SudaNow] When Al-Tayeb Salih emerged upon the literary scene in the early 1970s, he was received with an unprecedented aura. Salih's emergence in the literary life was, by itself, an unusual occurrence, simply because he was not introduced by an ideological or political movement that seeks to make of him its voice like what happened with Boris Pasternak when he published his novel Doctor Zhivago. Salih was also not one of the writers the reader was accustomed to see on newspaper and magazine pages. Equally, he was (AllAfrica)


Mozambique:A Short History of Mozambique - Malyn Newitt

[Jonathan Ball] This comprehensive history traces the evolution of modern Mozambique, from its early modern origins in the Indian Ocean trading system and the Portuguese maritime empire to the fifteen-year civil war that followed independence and its continued after effects. (AllAfrica)


Kenya:Book Nook - 'The Hidden Package' By Muthoni Gichuru

[Nation] In Lily Ronoh's article Parents Have Role in Inculcating Reading Culture, she asserts that early exposure to books give children an edge over their age mates who did not have the enviable acquaintance to quality books. (AllAfrica)


Kenya:New Book Sheds Light on Apartheid-Era Surgeon Who Caused Kenya Big Heartache

[Nation] A newspaper reporter has published a new book on Dr Christian Barnard, the South African surgeon who gained global acclaim when he performed the world's first heart transplant in 1967. (AllAfrica)


Uganda:Another Fine Mess - Uganda Under Museveni

[East African] Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is depicted in a new book as a repressive ruler responsible for much of the chaos that has shaken East Africa since he took power more than 30 years ago. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Justice in South Africa By the Book

[East African] When in 2012 eminent South African freedom fighter, high court judge and lawyer, Albie Sachs arrived in Nairobi to vet magistrates, the challenges were immense. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Much Ado About 'The President's Keepers' As It Flies Off the Shelves

[East African] The President's Keepers, by Jacques Pauw, is flying off the shelves in South Africa. (AllAfrica)



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