Africa Archive

Weaverdom – Tijan M. Sallah

Raise hands,  who was thinking it was about birds? It is, until it isn’t anymore. Instead we get painted a picture of a horrible species trained in -and excelling in- taking and no giving. Impactful. Spiteful. Masterly....

The prophetess – NjabuloS. Ndebele

A boy is sent to a prophetess to get a bottle of tap-waterblessed, so it may cure her from whatever illness she has. The boy doesn’t get a name, nor an age, but through his eyes we observe the inconsistencies that live in all of us: a nurse-mother who believes Holy...

Road Block – Jamal Mahjoub

Curfew and road blocks paint a bigger picture in this short story that’s classic in set up: a set time and space, two to three characters and a hurdle to overcome. Sadly, despite high stakes (there’s a bayonet, there’s a gun, there’s a crime) the story doesn’t punch...