Word of the day: Hilarious

Say it: hi-la-ri-ous

Part of speech: Noun

Definition: Extremely amusing.

Etymology: Latin

Synonyms: Very funny, Extremely amusing, Hysterically funny, Hysterical, Uproarious,Riotous, Farcical, Side-splitting.

Use in a sentence:”Her hilarious novel”





Authors birthdays: March

Alaya Dawn Johnson (31 March  1982  ) is an African American writer of speculative fiction. Apart from short fiction, Johnson has published two urban fantasy novels about “vampire suffragette” Zephyr Hollis set in an alternate 1920’s New York City, and two novels set on islands resembling pre-modern Polynesia where people have learned to bind elemental powers to their commands.

Her 2013 debut in the young-adult fiction sector, the standalone novel The Summer Prince, is set on a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk Brazilian arcology ruled by a nanotech-empowered matriarchy. Love Is the Drug, her 2014 stand-alone young adult novel, is set in Washington, D.C. and follows a prep-school student whose memory loss may be connected to a burgeoning global influenza pandemic

  • Adrian Igonibo Barrett  – 26 March 1979
  • Jess Mowry – 27 March 1960
  • Khady Sylla – 27 March 1963 –died 8 October 2013
  • Julius Masimba Musodza – 29 March 1976
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson – 31 March  1982
  • John Christoffel Kannemeyer – 31 March 1939 – died 25 December 2011

Word of the day: Snoek

Say it: sn-0-ek

Part of speech: Noun

Definition: A long , slender marine food fish, Thyrsites atun, of the family Gempylidae, of the southern oceans. Snoek is also called barracouta.

Etymology: Dutch

Synonyms: Tuna, Salmon, Catfish

Use in a sentence: Predators include snoek, kob, some shark species, seals and seabirds.


Word of the day:Vuvuzela

Say it: vu-vu-ze-la

Part of speech: Noun

Definition: A long plastic instrument in the shape of a trumpet, that makes a very loud noise when you blow it and is popular with football fans in South Africa.

Etymology: African

Synonyms: Horn, Trumpet

Use in a sentence: Bafana Bafana football fans expressed their joy when they blew vuvuzelas when the team won.


Authors Birthdays: March

Youssef Rzouga is a Tunisian poet, born on March 21, 1957 in Zorda, Tunisia. He began writing in 1967. His first published text was “Something called need,” a short story in the magazine Radio et Télévision. He wrote some of great poems such as The Butterfly and the Dynamite (2004), Flowers of Dioxyde of History (2001) and The Wolf in the Word (1998).
  •  Youssef Rzouga – 21 March 1957
  • Jonny Steinberg – 22 March 22, 1970
  • Ananda Devi – 23 March 1957
  • Olive Schreiner – 24 March 1855 – died 11 December 1920
  • Severin Cecile Abega – 1955 – died 24 March 2008
  • Kalamu ya Salaam – 24 March 1947
  • Myriam Warner-Vieyra – 25 March 1939
  • Toni Cade Bambara – 25 March 1939 –died 9 December 1995
  • Jack Mapanje – 25 March 1944
  • David Anthony Durham -23 March 1969
  • Adrian Igonibo Barrett  – 26 March 1979
  • John Christoffel Kannemeyer – 31 March 1939 – died 25 December 2011

Authors birthdays: March

Ben Okri OBE FRSL is a Nigerian poet and novelist(Ben Okri – 15 March 1959).  Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions and has been compared favourably to authors such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez. He wrote any inspiring books such as The famished road, A way of being free and Starbook.

Okri, Ben - Writer, Nigeria - 05.05.1994 , Category: PERSONALITIES

  • Zacharie Séry Bailly – 13 March 1948
  • Abdelkader Alloula – 1939 – died 14 March 1994
  • Gillian Slovo – 15 March 1952
  • Ben Okri – 15 March 1959
  • Harriet E. Wilson – 15 March 1825 –died 28 June 1900
  • Alba Bouwer – 16 March 1920 – died 5 October 2010
  • Angela Makholwa -17 March 1976
  • Micheline Coulibaly – 1950 – died 19 March 2003
  • Lília Maria Clara Carrièrre Momplé – 19 March 1935
  • Wilna Adriaanse – 19 March 1958
  • Youssef Rzouga – 21 March 1957
  • Jonny Steinberg – 22 March 22, 1970
  • David Anthony Durham -23 March 1969
  • Kalamu ya Salaam – 24 March 1947


The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering:- Ben Okri

Human Right Activities

Activity 2 – A Human Rights Tree


  1. Ask participants, working in small groups, to draw a tree on large chart paper.

Write on the tree (in the form of leaves, fruits, flowers, or branches) those human rights that they think all people need to live in dignity and justice.tree-240x240

A human rights tree needs roots to grow and flourish. Give the tree roots and label them with the things that make human rights flourish. For example, a healthy economy, the rule of law, or universal education.

  1. When drawings are complete, ask each group to present its tree and explain its reasons for the items they have included.

Going Further

  1. Match the fruits, leaves, and branches with articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and write the number of the article next to each item.
  1. Display these trees in the classroom or in public places.
  1. Identify rights concerns that are of particular concern to you and your community.



Authors Birthdays: March

Gillian Slovo (born 15 March 1952) is a South African-born novelist, playwright and memoirist. She has lived in London since 1964 and has one daughter, Cassie.

Slovo’s novels were at first predominantly of the crime and thriller genres, including a series featuring the detective Kate Baeier,but she has since written more literary fiction. Her 2000 work Red Dust, a courtroom drama that explores the meanings and effects of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, was made into a film of the same name released in 2004, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hilary Swank, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jamie Bartlett.

Slovo’s 2004 work Ice Road was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. The novel incorporates real events (the death of Sergey Kirov) with a fictionalised rendering of life during the Siege of Leningrad.

Slovo was the 25th president of the English Centre of International PEN, the worldwide writers fellowship. In 2012 she took part in a PEN International delegation to Mexico to protest the killing of journalists in that country, alongside presidents of other PEN Centres and internationally prominent writers.

1.Patricia Schonstein – 12 March 1952

2.Zacharie Séry Bailly – 13 March 1948

3.Abdelkader Alloula – 1939 – died 14 March 1994

4.Gillian Slovo – 15 March 1952

5.Alba Bouwer – 16 March 1920 – died 5 October 2010

6.Angela Makholwa -17 March 1976

7.Micheline Coulibaly – 1950 – died 19 March 2003

8.Wilna Adriaanse – 19 March 1958

9.Jonny Steinberg – 22 March 22, 1970

10.Ananda Devi – 23 March 1957

11.Olive Schreiner – 24 March 1855 – died 11 December 1920

12.Jack Mapanje – 25 March 1944