Month: February 2013

Poetry, Tale Africa

Things we could do

By Zolani Nkomo, South Africa: She’s not open-minded. She’s too short sighted.   She can’t see the things we could do, the places we could go.   Every time I try to touch her. She feels I'm tryna' rush her.   She tells me she’s not like them hoes – she respects herself.   Baby girl I love you, this […]

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Series, Taxi Tales

Taxi Tales: Graceless Taxi Exits

By David Tumusiime, Uganda: There's no way to exit a taxi with grace. At least I've never yet seen anyone do it. Patience won't help. I've seen passengers; with all the dignity of ambassadors, inform the conductor that they wish to get out at the next stage. Two stages past the stop they wished to alight from: they get out […]

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Poetry, Tale Africa

Not alone

By Inet Morudu, South Africa: A room. My room. My little shack to be precise. Welcome. It has a window and one door. Only I, and I alone walk in and out of The very same door every day. But yet I am not alone. I have a double bed. It is meant  for two. But me and who? I […]

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High School Chapter, Tale Africa

Once upon a time

By Zolani Nkoma, Crystal Park High School, South Africa: Once upon a time should be left behind And never mind whoever gets left behind Let life’s mistakes remind You’re living anti-clockwise, if you rewind Makes it hard to move forward Hinders the goal we’re trying to move towards Sometimes we sabotage ourselves We’re hazards to our own health When relationships […]

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Poetry, Tale Africa

My Sonnet, My Poem

By Kitra Steve: I was fascinated by your words, your literal ability to encompass a text so rich In twisted rhymes and heavy vocabulary not for a faint mind to comprehend To depict images and evoke feelings through vibrant utterances Signs and languages so rare, Amharic to the less linguistic Encrypted in this text was a message to the intended […]

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AfriWork, English Tutor

I and Me

By English Tutor: I and me tend to cause confusion when in combination with other nouns or pronouns. Politeness dictates that you should mention others before yourself in sentences. E.g. Cynthia and I enjoy reading Jane Austen books. My sisters and I have the best of fun playing with the children. However, in spoken English me is often used in […]

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Reflections

The small house phenomenon

By Tafadzwa Razemba, Zimbabwe: There is a mysterious phenomenon currently sweeping across my country that has been rampant especially since the time of burning money, called the small house. It affects many households and has caused many a divorce. It is done by Christians and non-believers alike. It has caused great joy for some men and women, and caused great […]

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AfriWork, English Tutor

Some general reminders

By English Tutor: Borrow and lend. I want to repeat this because I still come across quite a bit of confusion. The one who uses borrow in a sentence is the one who is obtaining something. The recipient of something is borrowing from another. The giver of something is lending it to someone. Who and whom. Whom is rarely used […]

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Its and It’s

By English Tutor: The confusion between these two is because one of them is a possessive pronoun (its) and the other one (it's) has an apostrophe which is frequently used to mark possession. It's is simply a shorter version of saying it is or it has. Eg. The dog finished it's dinner. This sentence looks acceptable but if you mentally […]

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