As the conflict in Tigray continues to destabilise Northern Ethiopia, many fear the region could be pushed deeper into famine, after an airstrike ... on the capital of Mekelle today has threatened the lives of more innocent civilians, injuring dozens and killing three in two airstrikes today, according to reports from the BBC.
Zukiswa Wanner burst onto the South African literary scene five years ago with The Madams, a racy and hilarious take on the black economic empowerment crowd in Johannesburg.
In Men of the South, she moves to a more serious examination of black elite life. The story traces the crossed paths of four characters.
Mfundo is a struggling jazz musician with his eye on the prize. On the way there, he meets an old flame, Sli, a young doctor. They fall in love again, move in together and have a baby.
Mfundo retreats into house-husbandry. His township friend, Mzilikazi, takes a much clearer route to the top, gets married to a respectable woman and moves to Cape Town.
But he is a closet homosexual, a secret that Mfundo finds difficult to bear.
The third man in the unlikely trio is Tinaye, a Zimbabwean desperate for South African citizenship. Underpaid and overqualified, his way in is Grace, a South African girl. But he then meets Sli and everything changes.
Wanner’s story is a close, character-driven examination of the difficulties of changing ideas of manhood in South Africa.
She tells it in a compelling, accessible way, reason enough for the judges to have shortlisted her for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Africa.
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