It been a while since I last posted, and those of you who were following this blog have probably all given up hope of ever seeing another post on Just Read It.
Like many I am terribly saddened to hear about death of Chinua Achebe following a brief illness. One of Africa's greatest writers, Achebe changed the perception and course of African literature with his first novel Things Fall Apart, published in 1958. Things Fall Apart told the story of Okonkwo, an Igbo warrior and his struggle to adapt to … Continue reading Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe dies
Chinua Achebe's memoir, There Was a Country, recalls his personal experience and reflection on the Biafran War of 1967-1970. Beginning with a personal account of his childhood and education in colonial Nigeria, Achebe describes steps leading to Nigeria's independence in 1960 and the eventual descent to civil war in 1967. When a new nation begins, … Continue reading There Was a Country
...is some quiet time to read my ever growing pile of must-reads! Sound familiar? I don't know about you but I have been crazy busy of late and with Christmas just around the corner I am looking forward to some much needed downtime where I ensconce myself in the sofa with a glass of red … Continue reading All I want for Christmas…
I went to the reading / signing for this book last week, as part of Islington's Black History month. I'll be honest and say I knew nothing about t the book or its message for Black Britons. But with a title like that, I was curious, it could either be very good, insightful, inspiring and … Continue reading What Being Black Is And What Being Black Isn’t