A promising tradition of creative nonfiction is nascent in Africa. Fresh ways of writing African experiences are afoot. This publication signals the gestation of something enormously exciting and genuinely new.
Jonny Steinberg, author of A Man of Good Hope
Not so much timely as long overdue, this collection of essays and short memoirs directs the focus inward, leaping from blade-sharp observations of contemporary life around the African continent to a striking consideration of the continent’s cultural and political future. Safe House transports the reader beyond the tired narrative of news reports through individual stories and into worlds of hidden complexities. Stimulating reading.
The stories in this anthology provide a form of connective tissue to contemporary life on the African continent in Cape Town, Nairobi, Dakar, and Kano. As a whole, it is both microscopic and panoramic, and strongly argues for an annual take of the same. As an editor who regularly commissions nonfiction I am full of envy.
Billy Kahora, Editor of Kwani?
It’s that perspective and degree of specificity, as well as the quality of the writing, that make this a wonderful and refreshing collection.
Globe and Mail
This collection of creative nonfiction is to be welcomed, and let’s hope there are many more volumes to come.
The Sunday Independent