By ANNE MUCHEKE More by this Author Prof Ngugi wa Thiong’o has acquired a new name — Babarinde, a fitting tribute from West Africa to one of the continent’s greatest writers. The Yoruba name, which means the Father has come home, was given to Ngugi at the closing session of the Ake Arts and Literature festival held in Abeokuta, Nigeria on November 19, 2016.At the closing session, Nigerian playwright and critic Prof Femi Osofisan gave Ngugi the name to the delight of guests who had just listened to Ngugi in conversation with Okey Ndibe under the Life and Time series.Ake hosted some of Africa’s finest minds in literature and film interspersed with poetry and an on-site art exhibition. Alain Mabanckou, Molara Wood, Noviolet Bulawayo, Teju Cole, Helon Habila, Tendai Huchu and Laila Lalami were some of the speakers at the event. There were no airs in the space where everyone was a celebrity of sorts given the audiences they command through their writings. The … [Read more...] about Why film should now join African literary discourse
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Photo: Courtesy of the vendors We write about hundreds of products a week. Here, in our version of the Sunday circular, we’ve plucked out some of our favorites — expert-recommended essentials, life-changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly-launched gizmos, and the very good deals we uncovered while trolling through the vast online-shopping universe this past week. Joint Power Green Lipped Mussel Dog & Cat Supplement “I’m pretty sure you could dig up a corpse, drop it in a bathtub full of rotten eggs and ripe durian, and it would still smell better than this,” contributor Ashlea Halpern wrote of this powder supplement made with green-lipped mussels from New Zealand. But when Halpern mixed it with food for her 12-year-old rescue dog, Izzy (who underwent a double-knee surgery before Halpern adopted her), she went from walking “with a pained stagger” to “skittering over our hardwood floors like Tom Cruise in Risky … [Read more...] about 15 Products That Delighted Us Last Week: From Danish Toothbrushes to Egg Cookers
Gary Oldman returns to London this weekend in the role of prodigal son, the wayward talent brought in from the cold. He arrives from California to find a landscape very different from the one he left in the early 1990s. The fiery social-realist BBC teleplays that provided an early calling card have bitten the dust. The cult of the raw-boned working-class British performer has been largely replaced by a roll call of Etonians and Harrovians: a rash of Redmaynes, Hiddlestons and Cumberbatches. And so, at the age of 53, Oldman touches down like some disreputable Rip Van Winkle, a reminder of times gone by. All of which makes him more striking – and arguably more necessary – than he was before. If they handed out awards for nuance and subtlety, shade and stealth, Oldman would be a shoo-in for the best actor Bafta on Sunday, as well as the crowning Oscar two weeks after that. As it is, he may have to be content with his nominations at both events: a partial reward for his … [Read more...] about Gary Oldman: from Sid to Smiley: the rollercoaster story of a true British great
Trepidation made its home firmly on his face on Thursday, announcing its presence with lines of anxiety and the repeated jumpy widening of his eyes.Rediff.com Thursday, December 7, was possibly the worst day of the Sheena Bora murder trial for Shyamvar Pinturam Rai. Its toll was fairly visible. By the end of trial lawyer Sudeep Pasbola's three-hour cross examination of Rai, who was the Mukerjeas' driver, he was exhausted. More, he appeared insecure. Worried. Edgy. He gave off, at times, tense glimmers of smiles to CBI Special Judge Jayendra Chandrasen Jagdale. He was not the chirpy Rai of previous court sessions who reeled off blithe "Yaad nahins" to every question put to him, Trepidation made its home firmly on his face on Thursday, announcing its presence with lines of anxiety and the repeated jumpy widening of his eyes. The hands that grasped the railings, Rai sometimes flexed restlessly. He kept scuffing his toes and transferred weight from one leg to the other. Three hours is a … [Read more...] about Sheena Bora trial: Was the driver lying?
Hong Kong riot police have stormed a metro station, using batons to beat passengers as violent clashes deepened political unrest in the city for the 13th weekend in a row. Lai, 31, returning home from protests, was in a train car that pulled into the Prince Edward mass transit railway stop in Kowloon just before 11pm on Saturday night. He saw at least 20 police officers on the station platform when suddenly five or six ran into his carriage. “Everyone started to scream ‘they are coming, they’re crazy’,” Lai said. “They kept moving and hitting everyone in the car. I started running. I saw police using their batons to keep hitting the same person on the head, even though he was kneeling down in the corner,” he said. Video footage showed police pepper spraying protesters inside the train car, chasing and arresting others on the train platform and ordering them to kneel against a wall with their hands on the heads. One man could be seen bleeding … [Read more...] about Hong Kong protests: riot police storm metro station with batons
Next Archana Masih in Gurdaspur Lieutenant Navdeep Singh sacrificed his life fighting a heroic battle against terrorists at the Line of Control. Twelve terrorists were killed that night, four by Navdeep himself. The daring officer, who was just 26, was awarded the Ashok Chakra, the nation's highest gallantry award in peace time. Every year soldiers die battling infiltrators on India's borders in actions that are testaments to military courage. How often are they remembered? On the highway outside Gurdaspur, a solemn group of men dressed in white stood by the roadside. "They must be awaiting a dead body," said the driver as we sped on to make it in time for the ceremony at the Wagah border. On the way back, the following day, the same road was blocked near Gurdaspur. A policeman stood diverting traffic off the highway to a smaller parallel road. We cursed, knowing that the ride would now take longer, but the detour was soon forgotten by the next Chai break. … [Read more...] about To all the mothers who lost their sons for India