So, it is time to do some reading folks. My February picks are from two great African female writers. Considering Chimamanda is one of my favorite authors (have already read all three of her other books), it is surprising that I haven’t yet read her novel Americanah. For some reason, I kept postponing reading but I think now is the right time.Ghana Must Go was recommended by a friend. Taiye is unknown to me, so it will be a pleasure to discover this much acclaimed writer. For those who have not yet read any of these books, it will be great if you could join me to read if not both, then at least one of them. At the end of February, we will discuss our views and opinions. For those who have already read, it will be nice to also get your take during our discussions at the end of February. Please comment on the comment log below or send me an email if you will like to join in our February Reads Challenge. Recommendations for the March reads are open. Tell us all those great books you think we MUST and SHOULD read 😉
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an award-winning author from Nigeria, West Africa. Her novels Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year. She also has a collection of short stories The Thing Around Your Neck. For more on Adichie, click here
Americanah was published in 2013, and received numerous praises. It was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction and named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year.
Taiye Selasi is a british author of Nigerian and Ghanaian origin. She was born in London, England and raised in Massachusetts. She studied in Yale and Oxford and now lives in New York and Rome. She was a jury in the Italian Reality TV Show “Masterpiece,” a talent show for aspiring writers. Her novel Ghana Must Go was published in 2013 to much critical acclaim. It was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the Wall Street Journal and The Economist, and has sold in 22 countries as of 2014. For more on Taiye, click here
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Imagine my shock when I found out that all these years I had been calling many of my Cameroonian friends and acquaintances by the wrong name. I mean, they were Moluas and Brendas and Ondoas and Frus and I was under the impression that I had heard these people correctly when they introduced themselves, that my eyes were O.K when I read their names on Facebook and my memories of our school days back in Cameroon were intact.
I found out I’d been living a lie.
I found out that many of these people were, in fact, named Charlie.
And who can blame them for wanting to shed their identities for Charlie?
You see, Charlie is this really exemplary person who shines bright as the champion of the right to free speech. So deep is the commitment to this right, Charlie will defend your right to say what you want, even if Charlie deeply…
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Rafael Nadal overcame illness to avoid a shock defeat in the 2nd round of the Australian Open, winning American Tim Smyczek in a dramatic 5 set thriller Wednesday on the Rod Laver Arena. Nadal, who has never lost to a qualifier in a grand slam, looked on course to suffer that fate at the hands of Smyczek. The 28-year-old Nadal sought treatment from the tournament doctor early in the 3rd set and looked physically drained as he failed to serve out the set at 5-4. Given the suffering, the Spaniard still pushed through to claim victory 6-2 3-6 6-7(2) 6-3 7-5. “I don’t know what was going on,” Nadal said in a courtside interview. “I started to have cramps in different places. I was not in the perfect shape.” Visibly struggling to stay afloat, Rafael Nadal has shown again the substance great fighters are made of.
All hail the Queen. In her 100th straight week at World No.1, Serena Williams breezes through her 1st round game in Melbourne, beating Van Uytvanck 6-0 6-4. Ms Williams, sleek as ever in a killer outfit, was a delight to watch. She might have had a few problems with her serve, but hey, win she did. As Serena herself rightly said, “It’s never super easy to be the one that everyone wants to beat. So I always have to be a little bit above. But I felt okay. I definitely think I can improve a tremendous amount.” She will be facing former World No. 2 Zvonareva in the next rounds. “To meet such a (formerly) high-ranked player in the second round is not going to be easy for me. She does so many things well. She’s on the way back. I know she’s been fighting and playing really hard. I have to be ready. I have to come out of the gates ready to go and be the best I can be” Serena said. All eyes on Ms Williams and her Outfit 😉
Some great snaps of Rafa Nadal by roamingpursuits. A delight for fans and non-fans alike, Love them!
Rafa’s Summer Set launched Fast4 Tennis last January 14 at the Margaret Court Arena. Prior to the main event, mixed doubles demonstrated the new format conceptualised by Tennis Australia. There was entertainment from dance numbers, players coming to the court enveloped in dry ice, and a deejay playing music between points. Nadal won the sets played against Omar Jasika (US Junior Open 2014 winner) and Mark Philouppousis (former world number 8). The culmination was a win in a five set ‘rematch’ of the 2009 semi-final against fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. The proceeds goes to the Rafa Nadal Foundation and Tennis Australia.
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