Category book

A Review of Noah Tsika’s Book “Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora”

BONUS POST: I haven’t reviewed a book on this site in a few months, and wanted to do so. If you haven’t seen a Nigerian (“Nollywood”) film, just do an internet search for ‘best Nollywood movies.’ Many feature-length films are freely available. Nigerians began making and distributing films in the 1960s, but the high cost […]

Success Story from Zimbabwe: Thomas Mapfumo’s Revolutionary Music

Thomas Tafirenyika Mapfumo was born in Marondera in 1945, a town southeast of the capital city of Salisbury (now Harare) in what was then the British colony of Rhodesia. He was raised surrounded by farms, forests, and markets for timber, tobacco, corn, dairy products, and beef. When Thomas was just ten years old, his family […]

Success Story from South Africa: A Review of Tutu & Tutu’s The Book of Forgiving

When South Africa transitioned to majority rule in 1994 and Nelson Mandela took on the presidency many questioned whether the country could peacefully transition to a post-apartheid state. A main way in which South Africa sought to move forward was the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 1995. In 1996 the TRC […]

Success Stories from Africa: 13 Nobel Peace Laureates

By Heidi G. Frontani This week I am reviewing Adekeye Adebajo’s book from 2014, Africa’s Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent, published by Zed Books. Africa’s Peacemakers describes the lives and accomplishments of 10 Nobel Peace Laureates from Africa (Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Frederik Willem de Klerk from South Africa, Anwar […]

Success Story from Burkina Faso: Thomas Sankara’s Legacy

By Heidi G. Frontani This week I am reviewing Dr. Ernest Harsch’s book, Thomas Sankara – An African Revolutionary (Ohio University Press, October 2014). It is the first English-language book to tell the story of the late President Sankara’s short life (1949-1987). The engaging, yet brief (160 page) biography draws on Harsch’s extensive firsthand research […]

Success Story from Uganda: Andrew Rugasira’s Good African Coffee

By Heidi G. Frontani This post shares the success story of a Ugandan social entrepreneur and reviews his 2013 book, A Good African Story: How a Small Company Built a Global Coffee Brand. Andrew Rugasira grew up in Uganda. He received a degree in Law and Economics in 1992 from the University of London. Mr. […]

Success Stories from Africa: Judith Rodin’s Books

By Heidi G. Frontani This week I am reviewing two books published in 2014 that were written or co-authored by entrepreneur-philanthropist, Dr. Judith Rodin, the current President of the Rockefeller Foundation (RF). The RF has a long history in Africa. It funded hookworm disease studies in Egypt in the 1910s, yellow fever control efforts in […]

Success Stories from Africa: The Bright Continent

By Heidi G. Frontani In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday we are celebrating in my country this week, I thought that I would write a slightly different kind of post. Rather than recognizing one amazing individual who created a successful charitable foundation or non-governmental organization that has done excellent work in Africa, I decided […]