18 June 2018

Africa: The Gods Who Send Us Gifts - an Anthology of African Stories

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The great gift of a literature is the offer of an insight into the hearts and minds of a people caught up in history or the borders of a country. This collection of short stories brings together a host of prominent writers from the African continent with a foreword for South Africa from Wole Soyinka.

In May 2018, the University of Johannesburg launched the book The Gods who send us Gifts, An Anthology of African Short Stories. Nobel Peace laureate and visiting Professor Wole Soyinka wrote a foreword for the collection in celebration of the 55-year anniversary of the famous Makerere Conference of African Writers of English Expression.

Whether the stories have been created in Nigeria, about the consequences of a Catholic father's paedophile ways, or in Ghana about a Ghanaian woman and a Rwandan future economist she met in Missouri and their happy love, or in Senegal, written by leading author Boubacar Boris Diop, on matricide in the city.

South African author, Zukwiswa Wanner brings us Upon this Handful of Soil, about the Anglo-Boer War and the people who lived through it. Other writers include Monika Arac de Nyeko from Uganda.

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