Thursday, November 11, 2010

Any Comments?

I have received a number of emails from people interested in buying this novel, at this point, the novel is not published. I am still in the revision process, but feel free to post comments if you have any questions. I'll also keep you updated on my novel.

Giulio said...
I don't know any other story being set on the background of the cultural encounter between China and Africa: Jennifer's work would be the first one, as far as I know, to touch this topic.

I am doing research on the Chinese presence in Africa, hence my special interest in Seeds of Plenty. Sometimes, especially when when studying cultural-related phenomena, literary works can offer invaluable insights on small details or personal experiences that tend to be overlooked by researchers: with Jennifer's novel, people in the academia will soon have a new instrument to interpret the relationship between these two cultures.

Giulio Morello Oxford University
November 12, 2010 12:18 PM
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Trip to Africa after 20 years

I went back to Nigeria, after twenty years, to do research on my novel. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to check out photos!

Dead Aid

Check out this book called "Dead Aid: Why Aid is not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa" by Dambisa Moyo.

Written by a young female African economist, the book argues that although well-intentioned, Western aid projects end up doing more damage than good. She critcizes big Western aid projects (e.g. "We have the solution to save you") like those promoted by Jeffrey Sachs and Bono. She says aid creates dependency, nurtures corruption and kills local entreprenership. For example, handing out free mosquito nets puts the local mosquito net vendor out of business.