Book review of the River Between by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

I first heard of Ngugi wa Thiong’o through social media and knew he was my kind of guy, I love any book about Africa, identity and colonisation. So, I picked up one of his smallest books I could find in my university library only 152 pages long.  The river between is written in 1965, it is a fictional story based on real life eventsContinue reading “Book review of the River Between by Ngugi wa Thiong’o”

Book review of Natives by Akala

I’ve been a fan of Akala for a while. I discovered him on BBC 1 extra fire in the booth and was immediately drawn to his powerful lyrics. His rap doesn’t follow the normal trajectory of modern hip pop instead he raps about class, pan-Africanism, colonialism and his Jamaican and Scottish roots. I always learnContinue reading “Book review of Natives by Akala”

Nine things I’ve learnt from reading the autobiography of Malcolm X

Nine things I’ve learnt from reading the autobiography of Malcolm X I’ve been re-reading a lot of my old favourites this summer. I believe our perception of a text is tainted by our beliefs, values and our current life circumstances. Therefore, each time I read a book I gain different perspective that I didn’t theContinue reading “Nine things I’ve learnt from reading the autobiography of Malcolm X”

Reading Buchi Emecheta

Although I’ve heard of the Nigerian Igbo writer Buchi Emecheta it wasn’t until I walked past her poster in my university library at Goldsmiths commemorating her death, that I finally made the effort to read her book. I randomly firstly went for Second Class Citizen which then led me to a Head Above Water and thenContinue reading “Reading Buchi Emecheta”

Book Review of The Good Immigrant

  The Good Immigrant is a brilliant collection of stories from young people from different ethnicities about their experiences living in Britain. For me this book represented many of the different experiences that I’ve had but also taught me about what people from other ethnic groups apart from my own and what they go through.Continue reading “Book Review of The Good Immigrant”

Book Review of Centring Black Narrative- Black Muslim Nobles Among the Early Pious Muslims

 Black Muslim Nobles Among the Early Pious Muslims written by Dawud Walid an African American imam and Ahmed Mubarak an Islamic educator. The aim of this book is to explore the meaning of ‘Blackness’ in relation to Arabs in the time of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) and the early centuries of Islam. In particular how this informationContinue reading “Book Review of Centring Black Narrative- Black Muslim Nobles Among the Early Pious Muslims”