Buy African: Last-minute Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s less than a week to go until Christmas so, ordering your gifts online is now pretty much a gamble. If the thought of braving the madness shops this weekend makes you want to crawl into a dark hole, fear not – I’ve got some ideas that will hopefully keep you in the festive spirit.

The gifts here are all things that you can buy, right up until Christmas Day. They are organised by interest so, hopefully you’ll be able to find something appropriate for all the people on your list – whatever they fancy!

Continue reading “Buy African: Last-minute Christmas Gift Ideas”

A Success Reading List for Creative Entrepreneurs

When I embarked on journey of self-employment, almost 5 years ago, I went on a mission to educate myself about success. I got caught up in all the fantastic things I was learning about business, finance, personal effectiveness and ultimately, about myself. So much so that, I can probably count on my 2 hands, the number of fiction books that I’ve read during this period.

Over the past few months, as I establish my second business, I find myself ramping things up and making this reading part of my daily routine – at least 30-45 mins every day. The difference I’m experiencing in my mindset, my behaviour and my results is not a coincidence. When wiser, more seasoned and more successful people talk about swapping some TV time for reading – they’re not trying to rob you of joy! They know how they got where they are. So I’m going to retrace their steps (these days I catch up on TV on Sundays when I’m doing my hair … but, that’s a whole other post).

Below is a working list of books that I’ve found very useful, as a (creative) entrepreneur. We can have both (creative satisfaction and wealth). Here’s to no more starving artists!

Continue reading “A Success Reading List for Creative Entrepreneurs”

13 of your Favourite Afri-love Posts in 2013

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading these posts and engaging with me. I’m so happy that this blog has given me a platform to meet so many incredible people; to be continuously inspired and; to share the sometimes tough, but always enlightening, lessons that business and life in general throw my way. I look forward to more great discoveries and learning, new relationships and further exchange in 2014!

For this year’s round-up, I’ve decided to do things a little bit different and feature the posts that were most popular each month. Enjoy.

Continue reading “13 of your Favourite Afri-love Posts in 2013”

Interview with My Father (My Hero!), Entrepreneur and Author, Paul Kitololo

My father, Paul Kitololo, has been an entrepreneur for all of my life. At the height of a successful career in the corporate world, he gave up the regular paycheck, the company car and, in many people’s opinion – his sanity – in order to start his own tour company. Over the next 3 decades, Private Safaris grew to be one of the most prestigious tour companies in Kenya and East Africa. I remember spending my Saturday mornings at his office as a child, busying myself on his secretaries typewriter (creating my ‘zine). I am still in awe at how my father successfully run the company while also: participating in or chairing several associations and boards; managing the Kenya Special Olympics team; writing a novel, Shortcut to Hell (published in 1983); making it to every single one of my parent-teacher evenings, as well as sports days and plays and; generally being so involved in my life.

Continue reading “Interview with My Father (My Hero!), Entrepreneur and Author, Paul Kitololo”

The Upcoming Africa Writes Festival & New Books to Look Out For

Africa Writes, the Royal African Society's annual literature festival runs this year from Friday 5th through Sunday 7th July, at the British Library in London, UK. The programme includes several panel discussions, poetry readings, book launches, workshops, parties and more. I'm already working out my plan of attack! Meanwhile, here are books from some of the participating authors, many of them new titles that will be launched during the event.

 

1-Book-Fairytales-for-Lost-Children-Black-Star-Nairobi


Fairytales for Lost Children by Diriye Osman

A collection of stories about what it meant to be young, gay and Somali. A reading experience fusing hip hop, graphic illustrations, Arabic calligraphy and folklore studded with Kiswahili and Somali slang.

Continue reading “The Upcoming Africa Writes Festival & New Books to Look Out For”

Labour/May Day Special: Posts for those who’ll be resting and posts for those who’ll be building

For many of you around the world, today – labour day or May Day – is a holiday. Free time for you to spend relaxing, with yourself or with family and friends, and for some of you, extra time to spend working on building that idea you’ve been nurturing and perhaps even executing.

Whether you’re taking a break from your labour or indeed hustling to transform its shape, here’s some inspiration for you via popular posts from the Afri-love archives.

Continue reading “Labour/May Day Special: Posts for those who’ll be resting and posts for those who’ll be building”

My African Non-Fiction Reading List

African-Non-fiction-Reading-List

As with my African fiction reading list, here is a working list of non-fiction books that I'd like to read. Unlike with the fiction list, the criteria for what makes a book 'African' in this instance is a little bit different (and potentially less contentious – you tell me). This time classification has to do with the subject matter of the book rather than with the heritage of the author.  

Continue reading “My African Non-Fiction Reading List”

My African Fiction Reading List

African-Fiction-Reading-List

Over the past four years or so, I’ve hardly touched a book of fiction. Although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the stuff I have been reading and the learning its facilitated, I miss the experience of getting lost in another world. I’ve been noting down recommendations here and there and keeping lists on my beloved Evernote but I thought it would make sense to create one central list here on the blog.

Continue reading “My African Fiction Reading List”

Great Girls in African Literature that Your Daughter Should Know

Great-Girls-in-African-Literature

This post was inspired by a one entitled "Great Girls Your Daughter Should Know (Before She Reads Twilight)" by Molly of the blog, Molly Makes Do, recommending strong, relatable female characters. While Molly's list does indeed include some inspiring heroines that I recall from reading lists in my youth, it's missing the diversity that girls from world literature can offer us. My contribution to filling that gap is the following list of great girls and young women, from African literature, that all girls, young and old, should get to know. 

 

In alphabetical order:

  1. Beatrice from Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe
  2. Dikeledi from The Collector of Treasures by Bessie Head
  3. Kainene from Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  4. Mhudi from Mhudi by Sol T. Plaatje
  5. Nyasha and Tambu from Nervous Conditions (and Tambu again in The Book of Not) by Tsitsi Dangaremba
  6. Phephelaphi from Butterfly Burning by Yvonne Vera
  7. Sissie from Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Ata Aidoo
  8. Efuru from Efuru by Flora Nwapa (thanks for sharing Belinda!)

 

Continue reading “Great Girls in African Literature that Your Daughter Should Know”

Inspired: Chinua Achebe Book Covers

1 Chinua-Achebe-Things-Fall-Apart-A-Man-of-the-People

 

Since Chinua Achebe's passing last Thursday, my Facebook feed has been inundated with great quotes from the inspirational writer. There is a particular statement that I love and that resonates so perfectly with philosophy behind this blog:

"Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am, and what I need, is something I have to find out myself.”

Chinua Achebe's literary works inspired great book cover designs and this post showcases some of my favourites. 

Continue reading “Inspired: Chinua Achebe Book Covers”