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By Wale Okediran The road to Bagamoyo from Dar Es Salam is a well laid highway running through several towns and communities with such delectable names as Kawe, Mizimuni, White Sands, Kunduchi, SalaSala, and Bunju among others. The evidence of a developing landscape was all around with new buildings, towns and access roads sprouting like … Continue reading


At exactly 9.35 on a sunny Tanzanian morning, the lovely lady with the elegant topside, firm beautiful waist and an adorable deck, blew her horn and eased off the Dar es Salaam Ferry Station. Leaving a foamy billowing of sea water in her wake, the ‘Lady of Zanzibar’, the brightly painted 554 passenger ferry slowly … Continue reading

Call FOR SUBMISSIONS to indigenous African children’s books authors

REQUEST FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS WRITTEN IN ANY INDIGENOUS AFRICAN LANGUAGE FOR SDG 1 and SDG 2. As part of the UN SDG African Book Club Project, Children’s Literature Books written in any Indigenous African Language are urgently needed for SDG Goals 1 and 2. The Theme for SDG 1 is NO POVERTY while that for … Continue reading

The unsung hero of song

How do I pay tribute to a living legend? Could I send exotic flowers? Or perhaps I could buy him a fancy shirt or tie. How about penning a ditty for the unsung hero of song? Can mere lyrics be enough to honour a friend and a musical giant? I hear his name mentioned among … Continue reading

SADC University of African Medicine honours Blondie Makhene

South African musical icon, Blondie Makhene was on Thursday the 4th of March conferred with a Doctorate Degree in African Medicine by the SADC University of African Medicine in association with Christ the Lamb Theological Seminary in an exquisite ceremony at the Protea Parktonian Hotel in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The event that started at 10 in … Continue reading

Mkhulu Blondie Makhene soon to be Dr Makhene

Professor M Hlati and SADC University of African Medicine, in association with Christ the Lamb Theological Seminary, have recently announced that they will be conferring a Doctorate Degree in African Medicine to Mkhulu Blondie Makhene on the 4th of March in Braamfontein, “and this by far is the largest celebration to date, and we are … Continue reading

SeSotho Musical Icon Kori Moraba Passes On

It is a poignant time in the world right now and South Africa is not being spared as giants keep falling one at a time. The celebrations of a new year have since been dampened as we mourn legends such as Dorah Sitole and Sesotho musical icon, Kori Moraba. Isaac Kori Moraba was born on … Continue reading


Book Title: I Am Also A WomanAuthor: Zeripah Amoni PhiriPublished: 2020Available in print & e-bookHELP-U-PUBLISH. I Am Also A Woman. Middelburg: 2020. ISBN 978-1-77626-078-2 Review by Constance van Niekerk I Am Also A Woman is a book written by a woman residing in the South African province of Mpumalanga by the name, Zeripah Amoni Phiri. … Continue reading

Louis Mhlanga – Artist Bio

Born in Zimbabwe in 1956, Louis Mhlanga is one of the most esteemed guitarplayers in Southern Africa. He started playing the guitar at the age of 10, imitatingthe likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purpleand other rock stars from the 60s and 70s. He also studied both Southern and … Continue reading

Chronicles of a Fatherless Son – a book review

Book Title: Chronicles of a Fatherless Son Author: Patrick Neo Mabiletsa Published: 2019 Available in print and electronic formats (epub & kindle) Review by Constance van NiekerkMabiletsa, Patrick N. Chronicles of a Fatherless Son. Johannesburg: 2019. ISBN 978-0-6398020-9-1 Patrick Neo Mabiletsa is a South African Entrepreneur, Life Coach and Author of Chronicles of a Fatherless … Continue reading

Some more moments with the demented scribe

This week on Monday Morements, Edward Dzonze talks to writer and academic Temba Munsaka – a golden writer and master of verse. A distinguished writer poised for greater heights . E.D :Firstly, who is Temba Munsaka in brief. T.M :Temba is the demented scribe, a simple enough Zimbabwean who loves anything literary! My background is … Continue reading


Yesterday, Africa received quite sad and unexpected news. The former President of Ghana, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings passed away after a short illness. He died at  Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana. Mr. Rawlings was born on the 22th of June 1947. He was the president of Ghana from 1981 to 2001 and also … Continue reading

The Foul Mouthed Grub

Spilling stinking raw sewage and a foul mouthed politician have everything in common;The churlish and kraken weasel who is foul mouthed spewed raw sewage,he spouted feces from his venom,his mouth never knew a damn rhyme.His mouth had a virus,that stopped a verseA hubris and an atheist,whose mouth spoke sewer to spill excrement,like the ghetto in … Continue reading

Writers and Freedom of Expression in Africa

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the state murder of Kenule Beeson “Ken” Saro-Wiwa the Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) and the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) has just held a virtual event: LITERATURE & HUMAN RIGHTS, to reflect on the state of affairs in Africa, exploring the various ways writers can protect their integrity at … Continue reading

Happy Birthday PAWA

In 1991, the Conference of African Ministers of Education and Culture, meeting in Cotonou, Benin, resolved to establish 7 November, the day on which Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) was founded, as International African Writers’ Day. In the past, for instance, five years ago, more than 300 writers and scholars gathered to commemorate the 22nd International African … Continue reading

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Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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