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African Legend of Origin in Tom Omara’s Exodus

Jun
13
John Otim

The little known piece of epic is the work of a young writer published in 1972. In the light of what happened in Africa in the decades that followed, Tom Omara’s The Exodus  was remarkably prescient and it is full of reverberations for the politics of today.

 

 

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The Spear and the Bead in Luo History and Culture

May
07
MacBaker Ochola

The history of migrations and settlements of the Luo people in Northern Uganda had its share of trauma and tragedy. These have been preserved in archives of stories, proverbs, riddles and folklore. The lessons they impart have shaped Luo understanding of community, leadership, justice and fair play. Perhaps the most famous of the narratives is that of the separation of two Luo brothers: Labongo and Gipir over the Spear and the Bead.

 

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Times Fall Apart in Africa over Chinua Achebe

Apr
13
Okello Oculi

In February 2010 Ngugi wa Thiongo, one of Africa’s potential candidates for a Nobel Prize, accepted my plea for him to address students of Literature at Makini Secondary School in Nairobi. It was an awesome event for students and staff ... Ngugi had travelled from America to appear in a Nairobi court over a case of violent assault on him and his wife

 

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On a visit to the Atlantic Ocean

Apr
13
Okot Nyormoi

Spring had come round again. At Wrightsville Beach (North Carolina) in our fourth floor room a large glass door opens to a balcony overlooking the Atlantic. As far as the eye could see there was nothing but endless expanse of water. Away from the shore there was calmness. The crystal blue waters shimmered. In the far distance the water appeared to rise, curve and merge with the sky. Nearby at the shoreline white waves rose and crashed in a perpetual attempt to overrun the beach.

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