Children of Saba, Epic of Aphrike Book 1

THE EPIC OF APHRIKE TRILOGY BOOK 1 – LAUNCHING November 2013 – READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE OPENING CHAPTER: Though time had stood still for him, the guardian was finding it increasingly difficult to maintain his sheath and his smooth, sculptured features shifted in rhythm with the clap of thunder that boomed across the heavens […]

Africa’s 100 Best Books of the 20th Century

Done any reading lately? Need a few great book suggestions and open to Africa’s diverse authors and stories? You’ve come to the right place. Ali Mazrui’s AFRICA’S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 20TH CENTURY project was first suggested at the 1998 Zimbabwe International Book Fair in Harare. Mazrui’s best books list was an effort to […]

The 10 best contemporary African books – 2012

From a reinterpreted Heart of Darkness to a barstool in Congo, this is a list of Africa’s best contemporary novels in 2012, as compiled by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, deputy editor of Granta. Enjoy. Lyrics Alley Leila Aboulela (2010) Set in mid-50s, pre-independence Sudan, Aboulela’s third novel takes us on a journey to Egypt and postwar Britain as […]

Where have the African Intellectuals gone?

“One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.”  ― Chinua Achebe. When I take time out to reflect and observe what exactly is capturing the hearts and minds of Africans and Africans in the Diaspora, particularly within the digital terrain of social media: facebook, twitter and blogosphere being the most […]

A brief background and history of African literature

Africa has a long and complex literary history. Indeed, to suggest that one historical account can represent all of the literatures, across time, from all of the regions of Africa is misleading. Deciding when African literature first appears, or when the tradition begins, are questions that are ultimately unanswerable, and determining which literary forms originate […]

It’s finally here!

From the keyboard of writer N.K.Read: Last time I blogged I was doing a 90 day count down as I focused on my deadline to deliver my book to the pass. It wasn’t an easy journey. I have a full time partner, semi-crazy job, part time social life and a house to renovate. All at the […]

How to Write about Africa

Ah, Binyavanga Wainaina, always provocative. Here’s he’s tongue-in-cheek treatise on writing about Africa. Insightful to say the least. _____________________________________________________________ Always use the word ‘Africa’ or ‘Darkness’ or ‘Safari’ in your title. Subtitles may include the words ‘Zanzibar’, ‘Masai’, ‘Zulu’, ‘Zambezi’, ‘Congo’, ‘Nile’, ‘Big’, ‘Sky’, ‘Shadow’, ‘Drum’, ‘Sun’ or ‘Bygone’. Also useful are words such as […]

Welcome to Afrikkana

Welcome to Afrikkana. We’re the commercial publishing arm of, aimed at establishing Africa’s voice in popular culture. The new book retail website will features exclusive ebook content for sale, articles on books and reading by a dedicated editorial staff, a new kind of book recommendation engine and partnerships with emerging and established writers, as well […]