Chinua Achebe: balances the richness of African folklore and native speech with the sterile politicking inherited from outsiders, who ruled, influenced, then left, leaving their mess behind. Photograph: Jerry Bauer

Music and dance, songs full of stories and life, the celebration of Africa Day is exactly that; a celebration of cultures and traditions that span (...)

Today is Freedom Day in South Africa: April 27th marks the anniversary of the election held in 1994 when for the first time the Black majority had (...)

‘Reading is a choice. Not only in the obvious sense of taking up a book, or taking up one book and not another, but when reading the book at hand. It’s assessing the facts of the case (even the fictional ones) and seeing some as more relevant to a satisfying reading than others.’

George O’Brien is Professor Emeritus of English at Georgetown University, Washington DC. He is author of three memoirs, The Village of Longing, Dan(...)

Celebrated South African author and outspoken critic of apartheid André Brink has died aged 79. Photograph: Benoit Sneessens/AFP/Getty Images

André Brink, a towering South African literary presence for decades whose work in English and Afrikaans fell afoul of apartheid-era censors, died Frid(...)

Nadine Gordimer, who has died in Johannesburg aged 90, was a writer whose literary ambitions led her into the heart of apartheid and brought her a Nob(...)

Nobel Prize for literature winner Nadine Gordimer photographed in February  2005. Photograph: Radu Sigheti/Reuters

South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, an uncompromising moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice(...)

Harry F Powers, the Butcher of Clarksburg, tells a detective the details of his grisly murders Photographs: Ny Daily News archive via Getty Images

Harry Powers, born Herman Drenth, unassuming although skilled at turning sugary phrases to capture the heart of despairing middle-aged women, was a(...)

Ivana Bacik
What Mandela meant to me
  • Africa
  • December 6, 2013, 13:50

Ivana Bacik Senator and academicI think Nelson Mandela has had an immense impact on the world. He has been a shining example of the power of forgivene(...)

Chinua Achebe, Nigerian novelist, poet, and essayist, who died last week at the age of 82. Photograph/Brown University

Nigerian novelist, poet and essayist Chinua Achebe, who died last week at the age of 82, was seen by many as the father of African literature. (...)