Books & Rhymes Podcast.

The “Not Another Book Podcast” announced the end of their run as a podcast on August 13, 2019. Fortunately, we have the “Books & Rhymes” Podcast to keep us company.

In 2018, a new podcast called “Not Another Book Podcast” was set up by BookShyBooks who runs the blog, writer and poet PostColonialChild, and Sarah Ozo-Irabor the reviewer known online as @Booksandrhymes. They went with the tagline, “The podcast that says what you’re thinking but too afraid to say. Every fortnight we share popular and unpopular opinions about the books you love.”

We loved it as they were doing the vital work of talking about our favourite books from Africa and shredding them to pieces as we would expect of a good reviewing space. They recorded 12 episodes of one season then went on break and left us hankering for all the pods.

In June, the podcast announced that they were back with season two. There was a lot of joy in our hearts as those ladies make literature much better with their energy and unique review style. So you can imagine our shock when they posted the following message on their socials on August 13.

“After two fantastic seasons, Not Another Book Podcast has officially come to a close. Thank you for engaging with our unique brand of literary criticism. Keep in touch by following our respective handles: @BooksAndRhymes, @BookshyBooks, and @PostcolonialChi.”

So no more Not Another Book Podcast for y’all. Sorry.

It’s not all doom and gloom for those hankering for original podcast content from the African literary space though. When the trio went on break, Sarah Ozo-Irabor had set up a Podcast with the name “Books & Rhymes.” The podcast which first run on April 24 was less about the energy of the three podcasters but has a different angle to it. Listeners hear writers talk about their work while we listen to music that corresponds with said work. Since the pod started, we have enjoyed interviews with among others Namwali Serpell, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Saraiya Bah, and the Caine Prize shortlistees. That podcast is quite an experience.

You can listen to the Podcast here.