A blog about reading and writing African. Every year, Khaloza Books will also post the best written work in its Annual Journal

Weekly African Book Review #21

Week 21: Upile Chisala @BeingUpile (Malawi) πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ό – ‘Soft Magic’. What a great find! Bite-sized poetry to empower and celebrate Black women πŸ–€ Thank you! Rating: πŸ“™ πŸ“™ πŸ“™ πŸ“™

Weekly African Book Review #17, 18,19 & 20

Obsessed with @Nnedi Okorafor!! Rating: πŸ“™ πŸ“™ πŸ“™ πŸ“™ πŸ“™Simply put, the Shuri series is wicked cool!! PS: Shuri #8 came out this year!Encouraging more African authored comic πŸ“š’s- don’t

Winner: Youth Writing Competition 2019 – Laura Mokoena

The Next 25 Years of South Africa’s Democracy In the next 25 years I will be 43I will be telling my children stories about those before meThose that are Heroes

Weekly African Book Review #16

‘Binti’ (2015)- by Nnedi Okorafor ( πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬/ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ). Incredible African science fiction writer found! Binti is a ‘harmonizer’ from a remote people whose bravery and curiosity are infectious. We follow

Weekly African Book Review #15 POETRY

‘Teaching my mother how to give birth’ (2011) by Warsan Shire. A provocative peek into womanhood – you will feel understood and deeply moved. Notes: On 2014 she was named

Weekly African Book Review #12, 13 & 14 TRILOGY

Chinua Achebe 1930-2013 (Nigeria). Things Fall Apart-1958, No Longer at Ease-1960, Arrow of God-1964). Unparalleled storytelling on the impact of colonization through generations. First, an insight into pre-colonial Nigeria &

Weekly African Book Review #11

Week 11: ‘The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela’ (2018) by Sisonke Msimang (South Africa). The first thoughts that popped into my head was: ‘she lived an unapologetic life’. A well balanced

Weekly African Book Review #10

Week 10: ‘Unbowed’ (2006) by Wangari Maathai (Kenya πŸ‡°πŸ‡ͺ) . Inspiring book as told by the founder of the Green Belt Movement, & Nobel Prize Laureate (2004). A memoir of

Weekly African Book Review #9

Week 9: ‘Purple Hibiscus’ (2003) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬). Her first novel – I must reveal I never read it until now! – it is the tale of domestic


Africa in WordsΒ is a blog space created to capture and celebrate African voices and words. In the spirit of Pan Africanism, Khaloza Books encourages Africans to write their truth, share their experiences and document their stories onΒ Africa in WordsΒ blog.

We invite children (7+) and young adults (14+) to express themselves in the form of opinion pieces, poetry, short stories, comic strips, graphic novels, lyrics etc. the sky is the limit!


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