On a Further Reading
August 22, 2006 Leave a comment
Parselelo Kantai on the contested territory in writing and acting on history in Kenya, and the recent spate of books by white, western intellectuals decrying the oppressions suffered by Kenyans of various stripes under British colonialism. One of them, Caroline Elkins (author of Britain’s Gulag) reviews Adam Robert’s The Wonga Coup, the story of a failed 2004 coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea led by British mercenary Simon Mann and part-financed by Mark Thatcher, former British PM Maggie Thatcher’s son. Binyavanga Wainaina generously provides barbed pointers on How to Write About Africa – to hilarious effect. When African Americans visit Africa, why are they considered white by some Africans? James Campbell’s Middle Passages is a historical narrative of two centuries of African American journeying to Africa.
In Kenya and Africa, the Christian church has grown by leaps and bounds. What is behind this hunger for transcendental truth? Kenyan missionary Patrick Mukholi sets out to save heathen souls in Oxford, England. If you’re a man, it turns out that the cut could save your life. And now there are queues outside the surgery room after studies suggest that a circumcised man is 60% less likely to contract HIV than his uncircumcised counterpart.
Arrest me not, Mel Gibson telleth the centurion, for I owneth Malibu. And thou lookest a bit Jewish unto me. Sayeth the centurion, Tell it to the procurator.