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Zanzibar na Mapinduzi ya Afrabia

Book on Zanzibar revolution is a must read for all

There are several reasons for declaring that this book is bigger than all of us. One of the best things about the post-Mwalimu Nyerere period, with due respect to the great man, is freedom of speech. Thirty years ago, it would have been unthinkable for any Tanzanian writer to even consider penning an article let alone a book of such magnitude.

Zanzibar produces scary literature. A few years ago, while reviewing Haini (Traitor), by Swahili novelist Adam Shafi, which charts the aftermath of Sheikh Abeid Karume’s assassination in 1972, I discovered that local publishers were too wary to print the manuscript and Mr Shafi had to resort to Longhorn in Nairobi.
But this does not mean Kenya itself is a paradise. Read the rest of this entry »

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