In a way, the song is very comforting. South Africa, or me? It doesnt give me an answer! Zinhle and Siba
Jul 29, Angela Lewis rated it it was amazing The BBC's correspondent to Africa writes clearly and intelligently with shocking, hopeful and heartfelt feeling. His personal account is unforgettable, a very good read.
Aug 25, Shantalie rated it it was amazing Really really enjoyed this book. It isn't really a autobiography of himself but more about his perspectives on Africa. I think it was particularly good compared to most other autobiographies because he is not self indulgent and instead seeks to give the reader an alternative view of Africa, from the the very unique pers Really really enjoyed this book.
I think it was particularly good compared to most other autobiographies because he is not self indulgent and instead seeks to give the reader an alternative view of Africa, from the the very unique perspective of a person who left one developing country, Sri Lanka to make a life on another.
Despite being a journalist working for the BBC, he doesn't give you the typical doom and gloom story of Africa that you might expect from a Westerner. While his account of Africa is realistic and balanced, it is also hopeful. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain a unique overview of some of the most important developments on the African continent during the s and s.
Hugely entertaining and informative Apr 14, Praney Deb rated it it was ok The beginning is okay but then it dips.
It is in fact two things. Firstly, a part biography of Mr Alagiah, who moved with his family from Sri Lanka who fled due to the civil war there - his family are tamil to Ghana when African was liberating itself from its colonial shackles.
It follows George as he becomes a reporter for the BBC for Africa, and through this, he tak A friend gave me a loan of this, and at first I thought it would be lightweight and of no real substance - a boastful account of a cossetted BBC reporter.
It follows George as he becomes a reporter for the BBC for Africa, and through this, he takes us through much of the recent history of Africa which sadly has involved many civil wars, corrupt dicators and famines.
I learnt a lot - about Liberia, Rwanda - about Somalia and its warlords and the US intevention there. I do recommend this book therefore, if you wish to learn about Africa in recent times. Interesting stuff on the legacy of colonialism, and problems of the borders bequeathed by colonial powers.
In the end he talks of two Africas, the one the colonialisers decided to settle 'borrowed ideas and imported customs' from an older, more genuine Africa.
He describes the subtlety of the legacy 'black people in places like malawi or kenya still show a vestigial diffidence in the company of whites, the result of the drip-draining of confidence over more than a century of Read this ages ago.
He describes the subtlety of the legacy 'black people in places like malawi or kenya still show a vestigial diffidence in the company of whites, the result of the drip-draining of confidence over more than a century of playing second fiddle I remember the way my own parents would fuss if they expected a visit from one of a few of their white friends" It takes you through Alagaiah's experiences as a child and later in his professional career.
It's an interesting balance between his autobiography and the biography of Africa so to speak. I enjoyed his analysis of the continent's history and some of its famous and infamous leaders, though I'm not sure if I would agree with the glowing review of some of them.Yihun D.
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