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Ronald Odamolekun Reviews African Roar 2014, Edited by Ivor Hartmann

African Roar 2014Verdict: carrot

Probably, the most phenomenal feature of this anthology is that a majority of its writers are young, mostly men in their twenties yearning for expression. They are nurturing much passion for writing in arguably the most difficult of all prose forms. Ivor W. Hartmann, the anthology’s editor, is right to observe in his insightful introduction that ‘Africa, despite what anyone may say, is a continent of avid readers in many mediums, and we have a continent of storytellers to match their thirst word for word in all genres conceivable.’ The stories are stylistically varied and address a plurality of concerns. Though this collection is made up of writings from only five countries (Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Nigeria), they are broadly representative of topical socio-political and economic trends in the western, eastern and southern regions of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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