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A monthly programme on African authors, book publishing and news throughout the 55 countries on the continent, hosted by RFI's Laura Angela Bagnetto.

Latest Episodes

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Camaraderie and Irish attitudes in Nigerian writer’s short story collection

Poignant, upsetting, at times quite funny, the short story collection This Hostel Life,from Nigerian novelist Melatu Uchenna Okorie, elicits a response. Okorie’s stories stem from her life and the lives of others, ranging from childbirth in rural Nigeria to racismin rural Ireland.

16 MIN2019 SEP 26
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Africa: Stories in the 55 - Camaraderie and Irish attitudes in Nigerian writer’s short story collection

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Helon Habila's novel 'Travelers' explores the lives of Africans in exile

In Nigerian author Helon Habila’s latest novel, “Travelers”, Habila brings African expat and migrant stories to life in a number of short stories that are woven into a complex narrative of safety, identity, loss, and love. He also reflects on his own experiences, dealing with homesickness in “a new place that you’re trying to make sense of.”

15 MIN2019 JUN 26
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Africa: Stories in the 55 - Helon Habila's novel 'Travelers' explores the lives of Africans in exile

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Contrasting images of his native Nigeria in Nnamdi Ehirin's debut novel, The Prince of Monkeys

In April's Stories from the 55 podcast, Laura Angela Bagnetto speaks to Nnamdi Ehirin from Nigeria about a coming-of-age story called The Prince of Monkeys. The author also reads an extract from his work.

20 MIN2019 APR 25
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Africa: Stories in the 55 - Contrasting images of his native Nigeria in Nnamdi Ehirin's debut novel, The Prince of Monkeys

Africa: Stories in the 55 - South African novelist Mphuthumi Ntabeni shines a light on the Xhosa narrative

In this month's Africa: Stories in the 55, South African writer Mphuthumi Ntabeni describes his twenty-year journey into the mind of Maqoma, a chief in the Xhosa community who lived in the 1800s. Ntabeni uses Maqoma's lifelong struggle against the British as the backdrop for his novel The Broken River Tent, as Maqoma guides modern-day character Phila through the realities of fighting for their land.

12 MIN2019 MAR 27
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Africa: Stories in the 55 - South African novelist Mphuthumi Ntabeni shines a light on the Xhosa narrative

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Life and sensuality in a refugee camp in Suliaman Addonia's "Silence is My Mother Tongue"

In "Silence is My Mother Tongue", the latest novel by Eritrean-Ethiopian writer Sulaiman Addonia, teen Saba and her brother Hagos arrive at a refugee camp in Sudan, where she is determined to continue her studies, while he is content to take care of her. The other Eritrean refugees bring their conservative views to the camp, especially when it comes to women. Addonia brings Saba to life through her fight to determine her own future, refusing the traditional restrictions imposed on her gender.

18 MIN2019 FEB 27
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Africa: Stories in the 55 - Life and sensuality in a refugee camp in Suliaman Addonia's "Silence is My Mother Tongue"

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Somali writer Ubah Cristina Ali Farah speaks of trauma intertwined with beauty in her story "Jujube"

In this month’s Africa: Stories in the 55, Somali-Italian writer Ubah Cristina Ali Farah speaks about her character, Ayan, a Somali refugee seeking asylum. Ayan tells part of her own story that may not be clear, or true, due to the trauma she had suffered.

10 MIN2019 JAN 30
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Africa: Stories in the 55 - Somali writer Ubah Cristina Ali Farah speaks of trauma intertwined with beauty in her story "Jujube"

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga explores post-war trauma in "This Mournable Body"

The lasting aftereffects of the Liberation War on Zimbabwe's society creates the backdrop for Tsitsi Dangarembga's new novel, "This Mournable Body". The story is set in 1999, 10 years after the war, taking a look at the daily life of Tambudzai Sigauke, a Zimbabwean woman who is trying to get ahead. It is part of Dangarembga's groundbreaking trilogy that began with her award-winning novel "Nervous Conditions", but can be read as a standalone book. Dangarembga spoke to Africa: Stories in the 55 about this poignant look at Tambudzai, a Zimbabwean everywoman.

12 MIN2018 OCT 18
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Africa: Stories in the 55 - Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga explores post-war trauma in "This Mournable Body"

Africa: Stories in the 55 - The perils for Zimbabweans crossing the border into South Africa personified in Sue Nyathi's new novel, The Gold-Diggers

In this month's Africa: Stories in the 55, Zimbabwean author Sue Nyathi delves into the dangers of crossing into South Africa illegally in the hopes of finding work and a better life. The Gold-Diggers explores the lives of six people who illegally cross the border in a combi, or van, and how their hopes and dreams-- independently from each other-- are thwarted as they try to start their lives in South Africa.

9 MIN2018 OCT 3
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Africa: Stories in the 55 - The perils for Zimbabweans crossing the border into South Africa personified in Sue Nyathi's new novel, The Gold-Diggers

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Honoring those who lived through Zimbabwe's Gukurahundi in Novuyo Rosa Tshuma's novel, House of Stone

In Novuyo Rosa Tshuma's debut novel, House of Stone, readers are regaled with a story of the Mlambo family, as told by Zamani, their lodger and a master manipulator. In his quest to re-write his own personal history, he delves into the lives of 'surrogate parents' Abednego and Mama Agnes, and unravels their family secrets that are seemingly tightly wound amidst the backdrop of the post-liberation massacre in Ndebeleland, the Gukurahundi. Zimbabwean author Tshuma speaks to RFI's Africa: Stories in the 55, about the impact writing this book has had on her, and how the characters reflect the spirit of Zimbabwe.

20 MIN2018 JUN 19
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Africa: Stories in the 55 - Honoring those who lived through Zimbabwe's Gukurahundi in Novuyo Rosa Tshuma's novel, House of Stone

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Kenyan writer Kiprop Kimutai's short story speaks about the privilege of wealth in a queer environment

In his short story "The Man at the Bridge", Kenyan writer Kiprop Kimutai explores the conflicted feelings of a closeted gay man-- a story that has garnered the 2018 Gerald Kraak Fiction prize. RFI's Africa: Stories in the 55 speaks to Kimutai about his inspiration for this piece.

10 MIN2018 JUN 1
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Africa: Stories in the 55 - Kenyan writer Kiprop Kimutai's short story speaks about the privilege of wealth in a queer environment

Latest Episodes

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Camaraderie and Irish attitudes in Nigerian writer’s short story collection

Poignant, upsetting, at times quite funny, the short story collection This Hostel Life,from Nigerian novelist Melatu Uchenna Okorie, elicits a response. Okorie’s stories stem from her life and the lives of others, ranging from childbirth in rural Nigeria to racismin rural Ireland.

16 MIN2019 SEP 26
Comments
Africa: Stories in the 55 - Camaraderie and Irish attitudes in Nigerian writer’s short story collection

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Helon Habila's novel 'Travelers' explores the lives of Africans in exile

In Nigerian author Helon Habila’s latest novel, “Travelers”, Habila brings African expat and migrant stories to life in a number of short stories that are woven into a complex narrative of safety, identity, loss, and love. He also reflects on his own experiences, dealing with homesickness in “a new place that you’re trying to make sense of.”

15 MIN2019 JUN 26
Comments
Africa: Stories in the 55 - Helon Habila's novel 'Travelers' explores the lives of Africans in exile

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Contrasting images of his native Nigeria in Nnamdi Ehirin's debut novel, The Prince of Monkeys

In April's Stories from the 55 podcast, Laura Angela Bagnetto speaks to Nnamdi Ehirin from Nigeria about a coming-of-age story called The Prince of Monkeys. The author also reads an extract from his work.

20 MIN2019 APR 25
Comments
Africa: Stories in the 55 - Contrasting images of his native Nigeria in Nnamdi Ehirin's debut novel, The Prince of Monkeys

Africa: Stories in the 55 - South African novelist Mphuthumi Ntabeni shines a light on the Xhosa narrative

In this month's Africa: Stories in the 55, South African writer Mphuthumi Ntabeni describes his twenty-year journey into the mind of Maqoma, a chief in the Xhosa community who lived in the 1800s. Ntabeni uses Maqoma's lifelong struggle against the British as the backdrop for his novel The Broken River Tent, as Maqoma guides modern-day character Phila through the realities of fighting for their land.

12 MIN2019 MAR 27
Comments
Africa: Stories in the 55 - South African novelist Mphuthumi Ntabeni shines a light on the Xhosa narrative

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Life and sensuality in a refugee camp in Suliaman Addonia's "Silence is My Mother Tongue"

In "Silence is My Mother Tongue", the latest novel by Eritrean-Ethiopian writer Sulaiman Addonia, teen Saba and her brother Hagos arrive at a refugee camp in Sudan, where she is determined to continue her studies, while he is content to take care of her. The other Eritrean refugees bring their conservative views to the camp, especially when it comes to women. Addonia brings Saba to life through her fight to determine her own future, refusing the traditional restrictions imposed on her gender.

18 MIN2019 FEB 27
Comments
Africa: Stories in the 55 - Life and sensuality in a refugee camp in Suliaman Addonia's "Silence is My Mother Tongue"

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Somali writer Ubah Cristina Ali Farah speaks of trauma intertwined with beauty in her story "Jujube"

In this month’s Africa: Stories in the 55, Somali-Italian writer Ubah Cristina Ali Farah speaks about her character, Ayan, a Somali refugee seeking asylum. Ayan tells part of her own story that may not be clear, or true, due to the trauma she had suffered.

10 MIN2019 JAN 30
Comments
Africa: Stories in the 55 - Somali writer Ubah Cristina Ali Farah speaks of trauma intertwined with beauty in her story "Jujube"

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga explores post-war trauma in "This Mournable Body"

The lasting aftereffects of the Liberation War on Zimbabwe's society creates the backdrop for Tsitsi Dangarembga's new novel, "This Mournable Body". The story is set in 1999, 10 years after the war, taking a look at the daily life of Tambudzai Sigauke, a Zimbabwean woman who is trying to get ahead. It is part of Dangarembga's groundbreaking trilogy that began with her award-winning novel "Nervous Conditions", but can be read as a standalone book. Dangarembga spoke to Africa: Stories in the 55 about this poignant look at Tambudzai, a Zimbabwean everywoman.

12 MIN2018 OCT 18
Comments
Africa: Stories in the 55 - Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga explores post-war trauma in "This Mournable Body"

Africa: Stories in the 55 - The perils for Zimbabweans crossing the border into South Africa personified in Sue Nyathi's new novel, The Gold-Diggers

In this month's Africa: Stories in the 55, Zimbabwean author Sue Nyathi delves into the dangers of crossing into South Africa illegally in the hopes of finding work and a better life. The Gold-Diggers explores the lives of six people who illegally cross the border in a combi, or van, and how their hopes and dreams-- independently from each other-- are thwarted as they try to start their lives in South Africa.

9 MIN2018 OCT 3
Comments
Africa: Stories in the 55 - The perils for Zimbabweans crossing the border into South Africa personified in Sue Nyathi's new novel, The Gold-Diggers

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Honoring those who lived through Zimbabwe's Gukurahundi in Novuyo Rosa Tshuma's novel, House of Stone

In Novuyo Rosa Tshuma's debut novel, House of Stone, readers are regaled with a story of the Mlambo family, as told by Zamani, their lodger and a master manipulator. In his quest to re-write his own personal history, he delves into the lives of 'surrogate parents' Abednego and Mama Agnes, and unravels their family secrets that are seemingly tightly wound amidst the backdrop of the post-liberation massacre in Ndebeleland, the Gukurahundi. Zimbabwean author Tshuma speaks to RFI's Africa: Stories in the 55, about the impact writing this book has had on her, and how the characters reflect the spirit of Zimbabwe.

20 MIN2018 JUN 19
Comments
Africa: Stories in the 55 - Honoring those who lived through Zimbabwe's Gukurahundi in Novuyo Rosa Tshuma's novel, House of Stone

Africa: Stories in the 55 - Kenyan writer Kiprop Kimutai's short story speaks about the privilege of wealth in a queer environment

In his short story "The Man at the Bridge", Kenyan writer Kiprop Kimutai explores the conflicted feelings of a closeted gay man-- a story that has garnered the 2018 Gerald Kraak Fiction prize. RFI's Africa: Stories in the 55 speaks to Kimutai about his inspiration for this piece.

10 MIN2018 JUN 1
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Africa: Stories in the 55 - Kenyan writer Kiprop Kimutai's short story speaks about the privilege of wealth in a queer environment
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