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Chinua Achebe is dead, long live Chinua Achebe!  [13/04/13]

The Nobel laureate that never was and the poster face of modern African literature is no longer with us. Alas! Chinua Achebe is reported to have joined the ancestors at 82 on 21st March 2013. News of his transition to the ancestral world has been received across the world with a deep sense of loss and bewilderment. Many in his native Nigeria and throughout Africa are still in a state of disbelief even as the literary world remains pensive over the gravity and implications of his still pen.


Tribute to our Great Legend Chinua Achebe  [06/04/13]

CHINUA ACHEBE (1930 – 2013)

“There was a writer named Chinua Achebe, in whose company the prison walls came down.”

Nelson Mandela

New African Review - February-March 2013 issue  [05/04/13]

We at Humanitas Afrika continue to thank you, our supporters, for your interest in our work and activities, in Africa and its people, on the continent and in Diaspora.

For several years, we have been doing a brief review of New African, a monthly pan-African magazine, in which we have reviewed a selected number of articles, usually the cover story and one or a few others. There are months when we have failed to run the review or released it late, but you have remained with us. We sincerely remain grateful for finding time to look at our review of New African over the years, and for some of you the magazine itself, a copy of which we always maintain in our office.More

Chinua Achebe, 82, Africa's voice of conscience  [23/03/13]

Chinua Achebe, 82, the internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman, and dissident, died Thursday in Boston after a brief illness.More

Kenya Votes Independence and Snubs the International Criminal Court (ICC)  [16/03/13]

Kenya’s love for asserting its independence and sovereignty over and above foreign wishful thinking was perceptibly evidenced in the outcome of recent elections closely watched in the West with jaundice eyes. Kenyans went to the polls on 4th March 2013 knowing one thing only, their destiny was in their own hands and they did not mince their resolve.

They elected to put Uhuru Kenyatta in the presidential State House in Kenya rather than in an ICC dock in The Hague. They did this despite ominous warnings not to from international heavy weights outside of the African continent. Kenya has come of age!


The Movie ‘Today’ Takes Top Prize at Fespaco 2013  [10/03/13]

A French-Senegalese director’s film about a man who knows he will die at the end of the day took the top prize Saturday at Africa’s largest film festival, Fespaco in Burkina Faso.

“Aujourd’hui” (Today) by director Alain Gomis follows Satche, played by American hip hop musician and slam poet Saul Williams, on what he and those close to him somehow know will be the last day of his life.More

Senegal's Alain Gomis wins Fespaco African film festival top prize  [05/03/13]


Senegalese director Alain Gomis has won the Golden Stallion prize for best film at the 23rd pan-African films festival, Fespaco. The jury praised the “cinematic grace” of his film Tey (Today).

A Kenyan eye clinic with a long vision  [23/02/13]

14 February 2013 Last updated at 16:03 GMT

Kenya's Hurlingham Eye Care Services - a company founded in 2007 by three female doctors - started with small steps but with a long vision.

In the last six years the firm, which opened with just a few patients, has become East Africa's leading eye clinic and offers a wide range of services, from eye tests to laser surgery.More

A moment of glory for Nigeria and African coaches at the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON)  [17/02/13]

When the curtains drew on the 2013 AFCON in South Africa it was the Super Eagles of Nigeria that received the final applause. Thanks to a brilliant wonder strike from Sunday Mba on the Sunday the tournament ended, Nigeria lifted the trophy to a well deserved standing ovation after a pulsating final against the Stallions of Burkina Faso in Soweto.More

Educating Women Key to Sustainable Farming in Africa, Says Study  [10/02/13]

The successful implementation of sustainable agricultural practices (SAPs) in Sub-Saharan Africa is linked to improvements in women's education, according to a study.

SAPs are often touted as a solution to land degradation, low agricultural productivity and widespread poverty in the region.More

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Book of the month

Xoliswa Ndoyiya: Ukutya Kwasekhaya

Xoliswa Ndoyiya: Ukutya KwasekhayaTastes from Nelson Mandela’s kitchen

A collection of recipes by Nelson Mandela's personal chef, this book contains the food served to visiting heads of state, celebrities, politicians for more than 20 years. Featuring some of the favourite former South African president's favourite meals including samp and beans, farm chicken, tripe, this book also features paella, peri-peri chicken, prawn curry, and myriad of other delights. With simple, delicious and nourishing recipes, it will interest those who wish to prepare meals that are both elegant and healthy.More

New arrivals

New titles in our library 12/2016

Our library has aquired a number of new and interesting books. Here is the list of the latest titles.

  • Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith
  • Fashion Cities Africa by Hannah Azieb Pool
  • Frantz Fanon: Toward a Revolutionary Humanismby Christopher Lee
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Robinson, James A., Acemoglu, Daron
  • Shakespeare in Swahililand: Adventures With the Ever-Living Poet by Edward Wilson-Lee
  • A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present by Richard J. Reid
  • Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture by Sarah Van Beurden
  • Children in Slavery through the Ages by by Gwyn CampbellSuzanne MiersJoseph C. Miller
  • Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Disease Control by Tamara Giles-Vernick
  • Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos by Gary  Stewart
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 1: Africa, the Indian Ocean World, and the Medieval North Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 2: The Modern Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Cahier d'un Retour Au Pays Natal by Aimé Cesaire
  • Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange and Competition in South Africa, 1820-1948 by Karen Elizabeth  Flint
  • Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Policies by Antoni Verger
  • Black Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry by Matthew M. Heaton

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