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A well known African writer reflects on his career as a reporter, journalist, photo-journalist and columnist


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A well known African writer reflects on his career as a reporter, journalist, photo-journalist and columnist

9 review for ADVENTURES IN JOURNALISM

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    Flaxman Qoopane, the flamboyant South African poet, essayist, biographer, sublime journalist etc breathed his last in late 2017. His legacy included publishing over a dozen books - a corpus which reinforced his transcendental love for literacy and literature. This particular work of his zeroes in on his life as a journalist...his odyssey since going into exile as a young man, his stint at SOMAFCO Institute in Tanzania where he honed his skills as a reporter, journalist, photojournalist et al. Hi Flaxman Qoopane, the flamboyant South African poet, essayist, biographer, sublime journalist etc breathed his last in late 2017. His legacy included publishing over a dozen books - a corpus which reinforced his transcendental love for literacy and literature. This particular work of his zeroes in on his life as a journalist...his odyssey since going into exile as a young man, his stint at SOMAFCO Institute in Tanzania where he honed his skills as a reporter, journalist, photojournalist et al. His narrative here is relatively short, but nevertheless comprehensive, reining in many pertinent protagonists; how his craft developed, his dedication, his sparkling enthusiasm. And when he returns home to his native SA, he proceeds with elan to showcase his skill, doing so with zest and panache! Based in the Free State, Qoopane goes on to write for an extraordinary motley of publications, including local, national and international newspapers, magazines, journals etc. His career is indeed colourful, including the accretion of a plethora of superb photos that augmented his journalistic work. His enterprise, passion and ebullience will likely startle the general reader. Such a pity that the man is no more...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Raphael Mokoena

    The late Mr Qoopane was a man who even if one met him once in a lifetime, one would almost certainly remember him, the experience for ever. He embodied everything a man of letters would relish, and this much can be discerned from this particular book of his. Africa has never been renowned for its high levels of scientific and technological excellence, and it is no surprise that in Mr Qoopane's account here, he stresses the spartan facilities that existed at Somafco, when he attended the institut The late Mr Qoopane was a man who even if one met him once in a lifetime, one would almost certainly remember him, the experience for ever. He embodied everything a man of letters would relish, and this much can be discerned from this particular book of his. Africa has never been renowned for its high levels of scientific and technological excellence, and it is no surprise that in Mr Qoopane's account here, he stresses the spartan facilities that existed at Somafco, when he attended the institution decades ago in Tanzania whilst in exile. The supply of water, electricity, even telephone facilities was less than impressive - "like statues" as the author writes here, in matter-of- fact fashion. Yet he enjoyed his stint at Somafco, in exile generally. That is the bubbly Flaxman Qoopane for you. In those days the life of a journalist in the heart of an African country was devoid of the sparkling glamour of nowadays; there were no mobile phones, smartphones, laptops, nothing like the internet etc. The typewriter was king then, and no surprise to see one perched on the cover of this book. But never mind. Despite the spartan life, amenities of yore, true talent still rose to the surface, and Qoopane began to distinguish himself as a brilliant reporter, photographer and all-round journalist right from his heyday in east Africa, which continued after he returned home to South Africa. He always excelled in finding excellent, even unique news/feature stories to the admiration of his readers everywhere. This book of his of course is too brief, considering his colourful career as a journalist who published hundreds of stories in many publications. But the fundamentals are here in this book. We know the genesis, and what made him tick.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul Lothane

    I read this book at a public library many years ago. One can see that Mr Qoopane really relished the world of writing, but there are harrowing episodes in this work. The lot of journalists - African journalists? - is often not easy. Here for example we flinch as the author sometimes struggles to obtain elementary remuneration for work done (journalism), having to write 'tough letters' to editors etc. I read this book at a public library many years ago. One can see that Mr Qoopane really relished the world of writing, but there are harrowing episodes in this work. The lot of journalists - African journalists? - is often not easy. Here for example we flinch as the author sometimes struggles to obtain elementary remuneration for work done (journalism), having to write 'tough letters' to editors etc.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leke Giwa

  5. 5 out of 5

    Oluseyi Bakare

  6. 4 out of 5

    Buruji Mark

  7. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Odegbami

  8. 4 out of 5

    KUNLE AWONIYI

  9. 5 out of 5

    Matshidiso Taleng

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