It isn’t often that we get to hear about the work of African poets on these shores. In fact, I’d say that there’s a dearth of information about African poets in Western news resources on the internet. So when I stumbled across a write up about the poet Sitawa Namwalie, it caught my eye. I’ll hold my hand up and say that my African background means that I am more likely to pay attention to such things.
Sitawa Namwalie, it seems, is quite a force to be reckoned with. She has toured at the Hay Festival and is the practitioner of a unique way of bringing poetry to the people. There’s a bit more about her here. I especially like that it says she’s “is married to a man of rare generosity.”