Book Reviews, Patrice Lumumba

Patrice Lumumba: May Our People Triumph

Patrice Lumumba was a Congolese independence leader and the first elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Considered a dangerous threat to colonial and international interests, he was assassinated in 1961. The collection Patrice Lumumba: May Our People Triumph contains some of his speeches, interviews and letters. The second half is devoted… Continue reading Patrice Lumumba: May Our People Triumph

Book Reviews, Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison (Audiobook)

One of Toni Morrison's best known novels, Beloved is an immensely moving account of loss, longing, memory and identity. Set against the backdrop of post-Civil War America, the story centres on Sephe, who has escaped from a life of slavery, and her family. It tells of the legacy of slavery and the physical and psychological… Continue reading Beloved by Toni Morrison (Audiobook)

Book Reviews, Peter Singer

The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer

This short and accessible book by bioethics expert Peter Singer certainly gives the reader food for thought. Singer does not mince his words and is clear in his beliefs. The average person, he opines, can and should be playing a part in reducing extreme poverty around the world, and the rich have an even heavier… Continue reading The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer

Book Reviews, Dambisa Moyo

Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo

I am a big fan of global economist Dambisa Moyo. Something about her cool, calm yet determined demeanour appeals to me. More than that, she has something to say, and she's not afraid to say it. Her book Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa was published… Continue reading Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo

Book Reviews, Mills, Herbst, Obasanjo & Davis

Making Africa Work: A Handbook

Marking Africa Work: A Handbook is written by four authors: Greg Mills, Jeffrey Herbst, Olusegun Obasanjo and Dickie Davis. Each author brings unique experience and insight, not least Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria, who lends the book particular gravitas. In light of the impending population boom in Africa, the authors' mission is to… Continue reading Making Africa Work: A Handbook

Book Reviews, Zelda la Grange

Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange

I read this memoir by Nelson Mandela's former secretary, Zelda la Grange, at the end of last year. In Good Morning, Mr Mandela, la Grange provides a uniquely human account of this icon of the modern age during his presidential and later years. It was my desire to learn more about Nelson Mandela and South… Continue reading Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange

Book Reviews, Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Where to start with this fantastic book? If you're looking for a quick, easy read, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari is not for you. I say that not because the book is particularly arduous. In fact, given the relatively complex and profound subject matter, the book is surprisingly easy to… Continue reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari