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  • svgApril 7, 2018From the Editor

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    In the week when Winnie Madikizela-Mandela passed on, I cannot help but think about the importance of making our voices heard. Winnie was a woman who stood up and spoke out. During apartheid, resistance must have at times felt like it would not bear fruit; however Winnie’s Xhosa name is Nomzamo which means she who tries,

  • svgMarch 10, 2018From the Editor

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    For many of us, we were first introduced to books by our mothers. Whether colourful illustrated bedtime reading or cherished paperbacks passed down with love, mothers have an important on what kinds of readers their children grow up to be. In many ways, Books Africana aims to be a resource for mothers (and fathers) –

  • svgFebruary 17, 2018From the Editor

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    All stories are love stories. In a great story, that most fundamental of human emotions plays at many different levels. Black Panther is a great example of this, it is a story about love of country, love of family, love of justice as well as romantic love. Even the darkest story with a self absorbed

  • svgFebruary 10, 2018From the Editor

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    The Black Panther movie had its UK premiere this week. This event once again demonstrated why this film is no ordinary superhero movie. This, as well as other premieres saw cast and fans alike arriving in African attire. Across the world, funds are being raised to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to see the film

  • svgFebruary 3, 2018From the Editor

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    Black History Month started this week, in the US, and consequently the whole of the Diaspora has a certain spring in its step this month. Indeed, no matter where we are, we will all be enjoying the marvel (cough) that is Black Panther. Undoubtedly, throughout this month, many historic events will take place and in

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  • svgJanuary 27, 2018From the Editor

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    Celebration! In a week that saw the 21st anniversary of Courttia Newland’s The Scholar and the nomination of Daniel Kaluuya for Best Actor at the Oscar’s, we have every reason to be excited about Black British storytelling. Reflecting on these accomplishments this week made me think about the importance of representation, both in the identity of

  • svgJanuary 20, 2018From the Editor

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    New Year, New Chapter ‘Read more books’ is likely to be on quite a few new year’s resolution lists. It is a noble endeavour and one I very much support, but I can understand the difficulty that necessitates making it a resolution. Before you begin reading, it’s hard to tell that the 4.35 hours that

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