Ep83. A conversation with Yvonne Owuor on development, politics, storytelling, and more

We begin this week’s news wrap with a discussion of some of the best literature of the decade – thanks to a curated list by African Arguments – and we are extremely fortunate to feature one of these authors in this episode, Yvonne Owuor. Kim and Rachel also chat about films, China in Africa, cocoa price coordination in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, and a call for applicants to the next meeting of the Working Group in African Political Economy.

Yvonne Owuor is an acclaimed author, winning the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2003 for her short story, The Weight of Whispers, and short-listed for the Folio Prize for her novel Dust (2014).  She has recently published a beautiful coming-of-age story, The Dragonfly Sea (2019), that explores aspects of East African sea imagination in a time of China’s return to its milieu.  Owuor received the (Kenya) Head of State Commendation in 2016 for her cultural and artistic contributions.  Rachel sat down with Yvonne at the Institute for Advanced Study in Nantes, where they are both Fellows, to discuss literary journeys, the “development industry,” Kenyan politics, and a global, historical, and encompassing view on transregional exchange. Our featured segment with Yvonne begins at 11:22.  … More Ep83. A conversation with Yvonne Owuor on development, politics, storytelling, and more

Ep44. A conversation with Anthonia Kalu on writing and African storytelling

In this episode of Ufahamu Africa, we talk about a new West African currency, media freedom in Tanzania, and an Ethiopian satellite that will launch soon. This week’s featured conversation is with Dr. Anthonia Kalu, a professor of comparative literature and gender and sexuality studies at UC Riverside. In our chat we talk about kola nuts, cross-cultural digital possibilities, writing, and African storytelling. Her interview begins at 6:44.  … More Ep44. A conversation with Anthonia Kalu on writing and African storytelling

Ep18. A conversation with Nicole Amarteifio, creator of ‘An African City’

This week’s episode features a Q&A with Nicole Amarteifio (@AllThingsAfrica), creator of the hit web series “An African City.” We talk about the show as well as a new TV show she’s created — “The Republic,” a political thriller set in Ghana’s capital Accra. We also talk about a recent public service announcement she created, #HowShortWasYourSkirt, which addresses … More Ep18. A conversation with Nicole Amarteifio, creator of ‘An African City’

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 … More Ep2. A conversation with Priscilla Takondwa Semphere on storytelling