For Coloured Girls

(This review appeared in The East African 3rd-9th August 2013 under the title Young, Gifted, Black and Female) “I found God in myself and I loved Her fiercely,” is the mantra, sang in a cappella, that ends the performance of For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When The Rainbow is Enuf, by Ntokaze Shange,…

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Poetic Homecoming

(This review appeared in The EastAfrican 4th-10th April 2011 under the title: A Dramatic ‘Homecoming’ Recital) FOURTEEN poems comprise what seems to be largely an autobiographical work, Homecoming, by Sitawa Namwalie, that was performed in the Austin Room at Braeburn School, on Friday 4th March. The poems decry Western domination (Eh, Kumbe I am Poor)…

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