Rode my bike home in the pouring rain - autumnal depression nearing.
Then I saw this film. No comment necessary. How I miss Maputo!
How urban is the African city dweller? Last night I presented my new book Gin-tonic & Cholera
, on city life in Africa, in a sold out Melkweg Theater in Amsterdam. We talked about how urbanisation changes people's lives. I'd gathered my African city friends. Nigerian Boye
, bank employee in Ibadan, explained by phone how he juggles tradition with modern life. He only wears his traditional agbada
, a sort of pyjama suit but then a hunderd times more elegant, at weddings. On his free time he dresses in jeans and t shirt and listens to R&B. And Susan from Jinja
shared through Skype that she didn't see the need to get married right away, even though she is 29 years old. In the village she would have been seen as an old spinster already, but in town she can afford to be picky. She'd rather have no man at all than one who's no good, she stated. The Angolan rapper Das Primeiro
, flewn in from Luanda to perform at the launch party, talked about the connections between the cities he lived in: Zwolle, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Luanda.
Order Gin-tonic & Cholera at Bol.bom - in Dutch (sorry!)
It was a magical moment: tonight I finally laid my hands on it, the result of three years of work. Gin-tonic & cholera
, my book on city life in Africa, has appeared! A book that smells of paper and ink with a cover picture of down town Luanda that tantalizes the imagination in a way that makes me feel like reading my book again. But not right now: tonight I am celebrating the victory at home with my loved ones and a vinho verde. This is one party they can't take away from me. Tomorrow Gin-tonic & cholera will be available in the book shops and at bol.com
. (Sorry folks, just in Dutch for now)