2018 Africa Reading Challenge

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Welcome to the 2018 Africa Reading Challenge.

This is the sixth time my dear friend  Kinna is hosting the Africa Reading Challenge. Details and requirements are the same this year as for 2012 when she started. And she says, “I have absolutely no reason for hosting nor urging you to participate in this challenge save for the joy of discovering and reading African literature!” Are you in? 🙂 I’m in,and this time I sincerely hope I will make it cos I have loads of books on my TBR and this sounds like the perfect opportunity to read the African writers among the lot and review. 🙂

Here are the details:

Challenge Period

January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018

Region

The entire African continent, including its island-states, which are often overlooked. Please refer to this Wikipedia “list of sovereign states and dependent territories in Africa”. Pre-colonial empires and regions are also included.

Reading Goal

5 books. That’s it. There will be no other levels. Of course, participants are encouraged to read more than 5 books.  Eligible books include those which are written by African writers, or take place in Africa, or are concerned with Africans and with historical and contemporary African issues. Note that at least 3 books must be written by African writers.

Genres

  • Fiction – novels, short stories, poetry, drama, children’s books. Note: You can choose to read a number of individual and uncollected short stories. In this case, 12 such stories would constitute 1 book. Individual poems do not count but books of poetry do.
  • Non-fiction – memoirs, autobiographies, history and current events

Reading Suggestions

  • Cover at least two regions, pick from North Africa, Southern Africa, East Africa, West Africa and Central Africa
  • Include translated fiction from Arabic, Francophone and Lusophone literature
  • You can mix classic and contemporary fiction
  • If you are intend to read mostly non-fiction, then please include at least one book (out of the five) of fiction

No particular reading philosophy is being suggested, however participates are encouraged  to broaden their knowledge of African literature. The most important thing is to have fun and to explore Africa through books.

Other Details

  1. Overlap with other challenges is allowed.
  2. E-books and audio books are allowed.
  3. There is no need to make a list beforehand.  Although most of us love lists, don’t we?

To Sign up:

Leave a comment here to sign-up. You can list the books you intend to read if you’ve already decided. For those with blogs: write a post on your blog about the challenge (with or without your list) and link to this post.

Please for more details read here

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Troiku: Empty Calabash

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Done for Carpe Diem. The challenge is to write a troiku based on the haiku below by my very self 🙂

empty calabash
reflecting the fading sun
a beggar sits in gloom

© Celestine Nudanu

Troiku

empty calabash
reflecting the fading sun
a beggar sits in gloom

empty calabash
no sweetness
in the beggar’s life

reflecting the fading sun
the penny
in his calabash

a beggar sits in gloom
watching the pennies go by
fading sun

© Celestine Nudanu
23/01/18

 

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Carpe Diem: Celestine Nudanu (Special Feature)

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Happy New Year to you all. 🙂 It’s taken me so long to write my first post of the year. I guess I was resting my mind but I come with good tidings! Happy to inform you that my troiku was the winning troiku in a Troiku Contest organized by Kristjaan Pannerman, host of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai (CDHK) and Michael Smeer of Haiku Pond Academy on Facebook. The contest was to create a Troiku based on the late Jane Reichhold’s haiku below:

golden shade
under the redwoods
evergreen violets

© Jane Reichhold

And to honour my win, Kristjaan has featured me as a special guest on his blog today. Please visit his blog and read all the wonderful things he has written about me. 🙂

Below is my wining troiku based on Jane Reichhold’s:

golden shade
where my pillow rests
a slice of sunlight

under the redwoods
a worm burrows deeper
into itself

evergreen violets
a butterfly seeks rest
on the gravestone

© Celestine Nudanu

© Celestine Nudanu
23/01/18
 
 

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Felicitations!

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Sweet Felicitations of the Season to all my lovely friends, home and abroad and all  May the Season bring you good cheer and all that you wish for.

I take this opportunity to thank all of you for downloading copies of my Award Winning Book, Haiku Rhapsodies from Amazon; God bless you abundantly. To my numerous customers who bought my Award Winning Book, Haiku Rhapsodies and who continue to buy copies even now, I say God richly bless you. I appreciate you all.

It’s been lovely blogging all year round, visiting and reading your wonderful works. I got so much fulfillment and joy from that. God bless you all.

Please, make someone, or your loved one happy this Season by giving him or her a copy of my Award Winning Book, Haiku Rhapsodies as a Christmas gift. Copies are available at the EPP Bookshop, Legon Mall, Accra, Ghana. You can also download or order copies from Amazon.

Wishing you all a wonderful Yuletide. God bless you.

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Haiku My Heart: Golden Shade

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(linked to Recuerda Mi Corazon.)

Sunlight

golden shade

where my pillow rests

a slice of sunlight

© Celestine Nudanu
15/12/17
 

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Haiku My Heart: Tales

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(linked to Recuerda Mi Corazon.)

Tales

by the fireside

my grandmother stirs the night

with tales

Failed Haiku November 2017

© Celestine Nudanu
08/12/17
 

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Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017: #30

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Today is the last day of this wonderful challenge at Rajani’s. And we are ending it with a Jisei, Japanese poem about death. I choose to write the Jisei in cherita form.

Micropoetry Month

Silver Clouds

these silver clouds

hide the flow of my tears
O empty soul

how life’s changing scenes
linger 
to abate this grief

© Celestine Nudanu
30/11/17
 

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Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017: #28

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Today at Rajani’s. It’s the Cherita (A six line poem, broken into three verses. The first verse has 1 line, the second has 2 and the third has 3)

Micropoetry Month

the way

the petals open
to reveal sunlight

this morning
your smile opened the door 
to a new beginning

© Celestine Nudanu
28/11/17
 

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Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017: #24

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 Rajani wants us to write a minute poem, 12 lines of 60 syllables broken into in 3 stanzas, following the 8/4/4/4 syllable pattern and the aabb/ ccdd/ eeff/ rhyme scheme.

Micropoetry Month

will you be my lover tonight 
siren of night 
sing me to sleep    
in your arms deep

like tranquil waters softly spill
 over a hill 
you are the breeze
I need to breathe  

so be my lover one more time 
when tides are high
and nights are dim
sing me to peace

(linked to Recuerda Mi Corazon.)

© Celestine Nudanu
24/11/17
 

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Micropoetry Month: Nov 2017: #23

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We are trying the Naani today at Rajani’s. The Naani  is a four line poem with 20-25 syllables. The first two lines provide the subject that the next two bring to an interesting close.

Micropoetry Month

I dream of shooting stars
collapsing into smithereens
the bouquet you offered
shrivels at your touch

2

the day you left 
you left with the sunshine
how time flies
this sunshine in my baby’s smile

© Celestine Nudanu
23/11/17
 

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