Ep2. A conversation with Priscilla Takondwa Semphere on storytelling


Takulandirani! (That’s “We welcome you,” in Chichewa.)

This week we launch the #SecondSaturday series, when we chat with an author about their book. Our guest is Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, who talked about her book, Ekari Leaves Malawi. Priscilla is a student at Smith College who also writes for the Huffington Post. Our conversation with Ms. Semphere begins at 4:12. Listen to the episode here:


In our chat with Priscilla, we talked about the Ekari book series and African storytelling more broadly. We also chat about Chimamanda Adichie’s TED talk, The Danger of a Single Story:

Priscilla mentions a few book recommendations during our conversation, including The God of Small Things: A Novel (Arundhati Roy),  We Need New Names: A Novel (NoViolet Bulawayo), and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Mohsin Ahmad). If you would like to follow up with more links related to this week’s podcast you can go here .

In this week’s episode we announce that our next #SecondSaturday episode will feature a conversation with Melissa Graboyes about her book, The Experiment Must Continue: Medical Research and Ethics in East Africa, 1940–2014. We invite you to email us with any questions you’d like us to ask her.

Big thanks to sams’k Lejah for giving us permission to include his performance of “Si Tu Parles” in this week’s episode:

Don’t forget to tell us what you think about this week’s episode and what you’d like to hear in a future podcast.

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