Zimbabwe: Cry for Innovative Vernacular Poetry Continues
[The Herald] The year is 1994. New Shona poetry anthologies such as "Tipeiwo Dariro" (Ed Chirikure Chirikure, College Press), "Ngatisimukei", and a revised edition of "Mutakunanzva Wenhetembo" (BookLove Publishers) are published. The year marks a certain 'fresh opening of the airwaves' for the new voices that had been lying dormant for so long, and had only been finding occasional relief in local literary magazines such as Tsotso and the Writers Scroll (published by BWAZ).Before 1994, Tsotso Magazine, through the gener
South Africa: Portrait of an Immigrant - Cyprian Ikani
[Daily Maverick] South Africa's history has been indelibly shaped by immigrants, and its present is no different. In a new series, SIMON ALLISON speaks to a few of the men and women who have come to find a new life in this land. Cyprian Ikani is one of them. He describes why he left Nigeria, and his extraordinary trek to get here - a journey worthy of Nollywood.