“her soul is fierce
her heart is brave
her mind is strong”
– r.h. Sin
I'm Nondumiso Tshabangu, a journalist-turned book nerd and African literature enthusiast. I have always had a rather obsessive love for all things Africa and the importance of reading about the realities that television never shows Africa to be.
I would like to welcome you to the first issue of Africa's Lit, the newsletter on African books and letters from Exclusive Books. This would have not been possible without the collaboration of my colleagues on the EB marketing team, and the inspirational consultants from Kajeno Media. Thank you for helping get Africa's Lit off the ground.
This issue is themed 'The Woman Next Door', inspired by Yewande Omotoso's new novel of the same name. The woman next door can, of course, be virtually anyone. In this issue we feature a candid interview with Omotoso, who also gives us three books of Africa that you need to have on your bookshelf (see #unstealable, below). We then turn to the lawyer next door - that is, if you happen to live in Geneva, Switzerland - as I review Petina Gappah's new novel, The Book of Memory.
In #linklove we have the 200th anniversary of the Zulu Nation in Durban - where my great grandfather makes an appearance on a grand international stage (Mtungwa!) - and don't miss our #literaryhotticket pick and #thisislit book club focus below.
Yours in African lit