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Made in Africa: Books to read by African authors.

You are missing out if you do not read African books! Grab one and see what I mean.



Since the likes of Chinua Achebe and Ngugi wa Thiong’o set the trend for African writing, many authors have come up with phenomenal works. Some have won top literary awards, bringing recognition to the continent’s gift. Reading their pieces makes you appreciate the African culture and just marvel at the power words can have. Their books have changed the world and made a positive impact all round. In a bid to appreciate African authors, here are a few recommendations of African books to read.

Children of Blood and Bone

This book, by Toni Adeyemi, is a young adult fantasy novel based on survival and heroism. The Maji Clan loses its magic after the Kosidãn King ordered the killing of everyone who possessed magic. The clan faces suppression from the Kosidãns where some are held as slaves and the free ones highly taxed. One of them decides to fight back. Zélie remembers the cries of her mother, when she was tied and killed. She sets to restore magic to Orïsha to avenge the death of her mother and overthrow the social order. She meets Inan, the prince, who is trying to unite both opposing sides and prove to his father that he is a good prince. Throughout the book, we see class and race division, the extent one can go to seek approval, finding an identity, and fighting for what is right.

Stay with me

Ayobami Adebayo, in her book, Stay with Me, narrates the struggles of a childless marriage. Through her characters Yedije and Akin, we see how love can reach a breaking point and the secrets we hide to protect those we love. Yedije and Akin are a young married couple who struggle to get a child. As is the norm in an African home, the in-laws intervene. Akin’s mother brings in a second wife to do what she claims, Yedije cannot do. The book flows with a series of unfortunate events as the author shows the extremes we can go when faced with our greatest struggles. It is a book I bet, will leave you in tears.

Stay With Me - Prestige Bookshop

The River and the Source

Many have come across this book in high school, myself included. It still remains one of my favorite books. When you are not reading it just for the sake of examinations, The River and the Source by Margaret Ogolla is an intriguing book that draws its reader’s into a world of culture and family. It starts with the birth of Akoko, and unfolds with three generations of women from her who portray resilience and strength like Akoko. The book, filled with laughter and tears, shows the main theme of change and how the African woman embraces it.

Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

Based in modern day Nigeria, the book by Lola Shoneyin tells a scandalous story of a polygamous home. Bolanle is a university graduate when she agrees to marry Baba Segi as his fourth wife in a household that disapproves of this new, young, educated wife. They segregate her and try to make her stay tough to keep her away. In her quest to get pregnant, Bolanle unlocks a secret the wives have guarded throughout their lives changing the household of Baba Segi. It is a humorous book that will keep you entertained throughout the pages.

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin

Other books to look for include, Americanah, My Sister the Serial Killer, Kill me quick, The Girl with the Louding Voice and I Do Not Come to You by Chance.

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Robert Alai assaults Ringtone Apoko

Ringtone and Alai have this afternoon engaged in a scuffle that might have gotten the blogger arrested.




Gospel superstar Ringtone Apoko was this afternoon involved in a car accident with the renowned blogger Robert Alai. The accident which happened in Kilimani caused the two to engage in a road rage. Several video that have been shared on social media show Alai’s car having blocked Ringtone’s whose window is broken and smeared with blood

Robert Alai, was seen emerging out of his Subaru legacy with a wooden club otherwise known as rungu with an attempt to assault Ringtone. On the other hand Ringtone who had blood splattered on the right side of his face took to making a scene by climbing on top of his range rover while protesting the incident at the top of his voice. He later on climbed down to picket on lookers who had been attracted by the fracas surrounding the incident.

According to officials familiar with the situation, the two accused each other of obstruction in a scuffle that began on Loitoktok Road and spread to Dennis Pritt and Likoni Roads.

Allegedly Alai has been arrested and is being detained at Kilimani Police Station for assaulting Ringtone with his club.

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Sarah responds after Harmonize publicly apologized

The Tanzanian singer is seeking forgiveness from his ex-wife through a public apology.



Sarah Michelotti, ex-wife to Harmonize has finally responded days after the Tanzanian hit maker publicly apologized to her for the way they parted ways, barely two years into their marriage.

In the apology, Harmonize acknowledged that him siring a baby out of wedlock was the main cause of their break up.

In response the Italian wrote on her Instagram stories that it is important for one to apologize when one realizes he has done a mistake. However, this short statement did not clearly show where she stands with regards to forgiving Harmonize.

Harmonize and ex-wife Sarah

Sarah dumped Harmonize back in December 2020 where she revealed that she had been through ups and downs with ‘Konde boy’ for the four years they had been together.

She also added that the hit maker was a liar who did not appreciate people who help him.

Harmonize has also dedicated a song to his ex-wife and it will feature in his next album.

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Birthday ideas with little or no money

Broke birthdays do not have to be bad birthdays. Make the most of it!



Unfortunately, it’s not every year your birthday will find you balling. This does not mean you should not enjoy this day to the fullest. It’s your birthday! And it happens only once a year. The good news however, is that you do not need lots of money, or any money at all to celebrate your birthday. Here’s how you can still make it special and memorable;


Prepare meals you can pack easily, buy a bottle of your favorite drink and have a picnic setup. You can invite your friends or family for this and have them bring food for the picnic. This gives you an all-you-can-eat buffet without even trying! The trick to picnics is a serene environment and a great view.

6 Tips for a fun end-of-summer picnic with friends – SheKnows

Bake a cake

When you really think about it, baking a cake is not hard. I did this for my 21st birthday and it turned out really good. I labelled myself ‘chef’ for a whole month and baked many more cakes afterwards. Thanks to YouTube, you can find many simple recipes to start you off. The decorating part is the best!

Movie marathon

Drop everything and have a movie marathon by yourself or with friends. Have a lazy day and binge your favorite series while snacking to some pizza, popcorn, crisps and wine!

Window shopping

Manifest on the good things you would have bought for yourself on your birthday by window-shopping at your favorite store. Check out the prices, create a wish list and save up for next time. You might even find something affordable and get yourself a gift.

Game night

Game nights are the ultimate broke party to-do-list. Make a list of interesting games you and your friends could play and invite them over for a party. They can bring snacks and extra games to make it more fun. This is a great way to spend time with your friends on your birthday.

Young Adults - Game Night | Webster Gardens


Helping others comes with a feeling of fulfillment and peace. You get to know you made a difference in someone’s life and this, really, is a mood you want for your birthday. Organize things you do not use and give them out to the needy. You can also attend charity events and help plant trees, make an environment clean and spend time with other volunteers.

Make a gratitude list

Getting to celebrate your birthday is a blessing in itself. Make a gratitude list acknowledging the good things and people you have in your life. Take note of milestones you have reached, and give a big thank you to God. It is also a great time to set goals for the new age and year.

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