The “President’s Keepers” has, within a week, become a global best seller, helped partly by attempts by South Africa’s State Security Agency to stop its publication.
The book also highlights Nyerere’s power consolidation through overt and covert means. However, his voluntary retirement from the presidency in 1985 meant that he took the elder statesman mantle.
Over the past two decades, the South African comrades have been very busy rewriting the history of the struggle against apartheid by trying to expunge liberal opposition to racial discrimination.
The Cameroonian novelist Imbolo Mbue captured a million-dollar contract for her first book, “Behold the Dreamers”. That’s even before it joined the Oprah’s Book Club pantheon this year.
One of the book’s feats is that the cover does not feature a white saviour, no acacia or baobab trees or the insufferable sunset imagery.