A Woman of Africa

By Nick Roddy

‘I am an African girl. That’s now not a political assertion. it's not that i am a Whoopee Goldberg or an Oprah Winfrey, a middle-class American looking for an identification or saying a political correct. i'm a girl and i'm African. that's all there's to it, and that's my tragedy.’

In Douala, Cameroon, an African girl relates her lifestyles as a girl of Africa to a white oil corporation employee. Her tale may be visible as an event which features a variety of concerns that have an effect on ladies in Africa at the present time, it touches upon Aids tribal prejudice, prostitution, poverty and ignorance.

Viewing her existence during the conflicting filters of faith and cynicism, her narrative is interesting and relocating. She relates, without hint of self-pity, her existence as a Biafran refugee, as a ladies in glossy Cameroon and as an uneducated Anglophone in today’s Douala.

The tale she tells starts off from her start in the course of the refugee predicament of Biafra. She grows to be a willful baby who realises there's lifestyles outdoors the ghetto. The ebook follows her as she develops right into a younger lady whose singular, eccentric and vibrant personality drives her to include existence furiously. In doing so she demanding situations the social norms of her society.

Rarely self-analytical, she forces a virtually existentist direction via her obstacles, usually falling alongside the way in which yet constantly pulling her self again up with out a hint of depression. during the strength of her personality she overcomes hindrances to achieve her dream to develop into a girl of Africa.

This is a crucial new novel – and a fictionalised remodeling of genuine lifestyles tales informed to writer Nick Roddy in Douala via Biafran refugees. Nick’s personal stories within the zone additionally tell this novel – whereas writing it he used to be abducted through MEND (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta) and held captive within the Jungle for three weeks. Nick nonetheless spends a part of every year dwelling and in Douala.

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