The Authors and their Profiles: Twenty years of African Books 

​Time passes ever so swiftly. But the works of great men need remind us we can live a life sublime, and departing leave behind us footsteps in the sands of time – so says the great Longfellow of English romantic poetry.  Ah, yes poetry! Handelbooks have followed a peculiar tradition of support for books of…

The Triadic Identity of Jean Toomer 

Benjamin Odhoji, Writer of the Year 2013 Writer of the Year JALC 2013 _______ Cane comprises poems, sketches, episodic stories and dramatic passages. Is it a novel? Does it reflect the tradition of cohesive thematic and structural unity? What kind of historic conditions inspired its construction? A clearer perception of these issues calls for, first,…

The Hindi Movie in Africa

Anjali Gera Roy, Writer of the Year 2011 Writer of the Year JAL, No. 8, 2011 _______ Despite the long history of Hindi cinematic flows to Africa, the researcher is forced to depend on anecdotal evidence to testify to the popularity of Hindi films in Africa. Shyam Benegals mention of the influence of Mother India…

Literature, Leadership and Citizenship Issues of Modern Nigeria  

Chin Ce, 2005 Writer of the Year  ​Writer of the Year, ALJ 2005 ______ A small, neglected pamphlet dots the reference section of the Nigerian national library. The Trouble with Nigeria by Chinua Achebe begins in a language and tone that would annoy its countrymen, particularly the political cheerleaders:   There is nothing basically wrong with…

Neo-Colonialism and the African Writer 

Joe Ushie, 2008 Writer of the Year  Writer of the Year, JAL, No. 5 2008 ___ Two Africas in One In Africa, whether in orate pre-colonial period or after, literature has never been a phenomenon detachable from the material realities of the society in which it is produced. The umbilical cord between the material world…

The Art of the Younger Poets 

An Introduction to New Voices: A Collection of Recent Poetry from Nigeria ______________ by Chin Ce THE emergence of a younger school of poetry with distinguishing temperaments from the new Nigerian counterparts was a welcome development for Nigerian writing. In spite of the dogged inventiveness of these bards within the new tradition, critics had set…

Poets and Poetry: African Poets share some thoughts  

Poets and Poetry! African writers like their counterparts the world over are finding and sharing ideas about subjects such as their deepest Motivation, or their Purpose in the Art of Poetry writing and Poetry Appreciation. The insights they share and the illumination of their thoughts are sure to gladden the hearts of readers and researchers…

More Academic Essays on African Writing 

More Academic Essays are available to students,  scholars and researchers on the subject of African poetry, African novel and drama. Again, and almost unbelievably,  these previews from our library are provided free! Here you can take more sneak peeks at some essays and book chapters available from our Library of African Writing (AW), Journals of…

African Books for Educational Reading 

Global Titles, African Authors! The African Books Network showcases a harvest of literary and cultural expressions in the best traditions of Handelbooks publishing.  The titles are wide ranging.  From books of poetry, short and long reads to literary criticism and scholarly essays. From historical through cultural epistemology, and with the varieties of ideas, vision and…

More Book Titles at African Books Network 

More Global Titles, African Authors! More harvest of expressions abound at African Books Network! The art of the story is a never ending as long as human mind has been infused by the light of creative intelligence. It is in the creative domain of the author, the composer of craft, not only to dream dreams…

The Journals of African Literature and Culture: A Reader Overview  

With the coming to the internet of Africa Journals of Literature and Culture in the early years of 2000 young writers and researchers all over the continent and beyond were able to avail themselves with the first recorded online medium for the transmission of African literary aesthetic. And how they jumped at the opportunity with…

Academic Essays on African Writing 

A lengthy series of academic essays on modern and oratorical African works abound from the rich pool of publications powered by the activities of the International Research Council on African Literature and Culture, IRCALC, beginning from the Year 2000 till the present. Published in several journals and textbooks of African and Black literature yearly, the…