All posts by Adaudo Anyiam-Osigwe

A Vigorous Nod to Existence

By Adaudo Anyiam-Osigwe


  • Title: Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun
  • Author: Sarah Ladipo Manyika
  • Publisher: Cassava Republic Press
  • Number of pages: 118
  • Year of publication: 2016
  • Category: Fiction

Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s short novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, centres on the elderly Dr Morayo Da Silva, and is a considerate meditation on life’s daily triumphs and setbacks. Our moments and actions accumulate into years and stories that are embodied in a lifetime. As a former English professor, Morayo is deeply attached to books. However, as one discovers more about Morayo’s life, there is a realisation that this deep attachment is a form of solace, and not just solace but also a way to seek control over the meaning of death and betrayal. More…

Sweet Medicine: On How to Beat the Odds as a Young Woman in Collapsed Zimbabwe

By Adaudo Anyiam-Osigwe


  • Title: Sweet Medicine
  • Author: Panashe Chigumadzi
  • Publisher: BlackBird Books
  • Number of pages: 210
  • Year of publication: 2015
  • Category: Fiction

Sweet Medicine may be regarded as a coming-of-age story, in as much as it is the story of a young woman’s acknowledgement of the odds against her, the desperation of living under the spirit-destroying burden of a collapsed modern Zimbabwe, and her decision and subsequent actions to overcome those odds. More…

Conservation Practice in Africa: An Overview That Misses the Mark

By Adaudo Anyiam-Osigwe


  • Title: The Forest: An African Traditional Definition
  • Author: Ekpe Inyang
  • Publisher: Langaa RPCIG
  • Number of pages: 24
  • Year of publication: 2015
  • Category: Environment

In this short treatise, The Forest: An African Traditional Definition, Ekpe Inyang attempts to highlight certain cultural belief systems that can be exploited by modern, Western conservationists working in Africa. He notes that too often, modern conservationists adhere to a strict eco-centric approach at the expense of anthropogenic (cultural) considerations when dealing with the relationship between the conservation of nature and the livelihoods of humans. More…

Teaching a Child to Be Good: A Review of Nana Ama Afoa Osae’s Books

By Adaudo Anyiam-Osigwe


  • Title: Queiba’s Question
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Title: Queiba’s Dress
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Nana Ama Afoa Osae
  • Publisher: Techmate Publishers Limited
  • Year of publication: 2014
  • Category: Children

The works of Nana Ama Afoa Osae are imbued with an overtly Christian ethos. In both books, Queiba’s Question and Queiba’s Dress, Nana Ama Afoa Osae uses the daily experiences and difficulties of the titular character, Queiba, to bring to the awareness and understanding of children the desires and wishes of God for their lives and the lives of those around them. More…

Explaining a Complex World: A Review of Teresa Oyibo Ameh’s Books

By Adaudo Anyiam-Osigwe


  • Title: The Freedom Day Party
  • Number of pages: 47
  • Title: Drop That Phone!
  • Number of pages: 27
  • Author: Teresa Oyibo Ameh
  • Publisher: Grower Literature
  • Year of publication: 2015
  • Category: Children

The Freedom Day Party is a thoughtful story that considers the battle between Western ideas and traditional beliefs and attitudes, as well as the manifestation of class differences and the personal sacrifices of parents. All these are seen through the eyes of a child who is becoming aware of the world around her, and slowly coming to understand the harsh realities of existence and the need to overcome barriers on the journey towards a fulfilled life. More…

When Best Loved Tales for Africa Are Not Enough: A Review of Refilwe

By Adaudo Anyiam-Osigwe


  • Title: Refilwe
  • Author: Zukiswa Wanner
  • Illustrator: Tamsin Hinrichsen
  • Publisher: Jacana Media
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Year of publication: 2015
  • Category: Children

The African retelling of ‘best loved tales’, with a primary aim to encourage a love of reading in preschool and nursery school children, is commendable. Introducing children to the world of books and helping them develop a yearning for reading provides them with a platform to progressively experience the vast knowledge the world has to offer. However, there is a distinction to be made between the goal of such endeavours and the routes taken to achieve this aim. More…