Books: FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen

Title: Freedom Author: Jonathan Franzen Genre: Fiction Published: 2010 Inspired me to learn about: Carving out character descriptions through the use of first, second and third person narration. Jonathan Franzen weaves an intricate tale in Freedom; which although does not have a plot that grabs, it held my attention sufficiently because of its almost mundane subject…

Places in Ghana: Manhyia Palace Museum, Kumasi

It was a history lesson about the Ashanti Kingdom and it definitely had us enthralled for the two hours that the entire tour takes. Visitors have an opportunity to watch a video about the Kingdom and then after there is a tour of the museum itself.

We were fortunate enough to have a photo opportunity – which under normal circumstances is never allowed. There is an entrance fee of GHc3 for children and GHc7 for adults. The museum is most definitely worth the visit – our tour guide was excellent; it takes a great deal of talent to hold the attention of a five year old through a tour that long and he did it quite well. After the tour there is a small gift shop, in which you can buy crafts and curios.

What do I write?

I was at a Ghana Women Writers Forum a while back – a group that meets regularly for book readings, critique evenings and anything literary-related,  and the question that kept coming up all evening was: What do you write? A fitting question of course, given the milieu, the writer’s equivalent of being asked: What do you do at corporate functions.

 The answer is everything. I write lists: extensive to-do lists, lists of names from my childhood, things I enjoying doing, things I want to do, places I plan to visit, alongside my shopping lists. I write notes, to my family, to myself, in letters, emails and blogs.

Conversations in SA: Nthabiseng Sibanda – Founder & CEO of Puo Educational Products

Photo: Courtesy of Nthabi Sibanda

The use of mother tongue language in the family home and multi-lingualism in general are ongoing discussions worldwide. There are websites and organisations abound dedicated to both and they have become even more topical and pertinent now as the debate revolves around the preservation of language as a part of the preservation of culture.