Behind the Scenes Children of the Ocean God: Truth, Love and Beauty

Behind the Scenes Children of the Ocean God: Truth, Love and Beauty

Earlier this week I had a very thought-provoking conversation with my older brother, Chike, which formed the inspiration for this blogpost. He told me about a very intriguing Japanese concept related to finding meaning in life. According to him there is a Japanese...
Finding The Message in My Writing

Finding The Message in My Writing

This week l finished watching the series The Get Down on Netflix (which I highly recommend by the way). The lead character, Ezekiel Figuero a.k.a. ‘Books,’ struck a chord with me because of his eloquent, poetic articulation style. With every word he...
The Hedgehog and the Fox

The Hedgehog and the Fox

A few weeks back I had a very stimulating chat at a workshop that I attended in Antwerp, Belgium. One of my fellow participants and I struck up a conversation about our goals in life and the legacy we would like to leave behind. To my surprise the interlocutor...
My Kenyan Safari

My Kenyan Safari

Habari yako? (That’s Kiswahili for How are you?) I am sorry for the long hiatus from this blog. For the past two weeks I have been away on a business trip to Kenya and unfortunately had very little time to dedicate to blogging. It was an intense period with many...
Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Garifuna Language

Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Garifuna Language

In a recent blogpost about authenticity in writing historical fiction I mentioned that I would elaborate more about how the Garifuna language has evolved since the 1790s. It has indeed been quite a dramatic transformation which has its roots in the tragic deportation...
Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)

Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)

“Time for me is now double-edged: every day brings me further from the low of my last relapse but closer to the next recurrence – and eventually, death.” Writing for some people is like breathing air. It is so natural, that they just do it with...
Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Liberty-Law-Equality

Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Liberty-Law-Equality

The ideas of the French Revolution reached the shores of St. Vincent in 1795 due to the concerted efforts of one man. Victor Hugues, French revolutionary commander and Commissioner of Guadeloupe. Hugues, who was officially sent out to the Windward Islands to implement...
Book Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong)

Book Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Ocean Vuong)

“What were we before we were we? We must’ve been standing by the shoulder of a dirt road while the city burned. We must’ve been disappearing, like we are now.” Ocean Vuong’s debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a movingly...
Better to Die Standing Than to Live on Your Knees

Better to Die Standing Than to Live on Your Knees

When I was a young boy, about nine years old, I first learned about slavery in the Caribbean and the Middle Passage in Social Studies class in primary school. What most disturbed me about slavery, apart from it’s obvious abhorrent cruelty and depravity, was the...

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