Welcome to our latest post, which is dedicated to the critical need for de-colonisation through the educational and entertaining process of reading.
We start with an in-depth reading list that was put together by several participants from the recent Global Community Dialogue in Rwanda. The list is described as “an endeavour to capture and experience different voices, other than those we frequently hear, the dominant White, Western narrative, in order for us to support our own learning and accountability to de-colonising and anti-racism.” The list can be downloaded below:
Around the African continent, there are several great initiatives looking to promote and publish African writers. Among them are Kwani Trust and Story Moja, both based in Kenya, as well as Cassava Republic and Quramo Publishing, both in Nigeria, and African Bureau Stories in Ghana.
In Rwanda, there is an excellent project called Imagine We who are supporting the development of children’s stories written by Rwandans. Please take a look at their list of online books that are available here.
The Golden Baobab is another organisation founded by Deborah Ahenkorah aiming to increase African representation in children’s books. Amongst their activities are the annual Golden Baobab prizes, workshops and publishing. Read about how to get involved with their work here.
Another great children’s book is Mangoes and Monkey Bread, written by Emily Joof, and available in English and Swedish.
Continuing with the theme, we would like to also direct you to a succinct piece written by Alice Nderitu called “Buying a Book? Make that a book by an African for Africans?” as well as re-visiting Gary Younge’s excellent piece called “My Year of Reading African Women”.
We close with another comment from the “De-Colonising our Minds Reading List”, the following statement also applies to this whole post,
“We wish it to be of benefit and value in many ways and in particular in challenging the dominant narratives and ideologies that given rise to the need for creating this list in the first place. Have fun, be inspired and de-colonise… always!”