By Nick Roddy
‘I am an African girl. That’s now not a political assertion. i'm really not 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 should be noticeable as an event which incorporates a diversity of concerns that have an effect on girls in Africa at the present time, it touches upon Aids tribal prejudice, prostitution, poverty and ignorance.
Viewing her lifestyles throughout the conflicting filters of faith and cynicism, her narrative is pleasing and relocating. She relates, without hint of self-pity, her existence as a Biafran refugee, as a ladies in sleek Cameroon and as an uneducated Anglophone in today’s Douala.
The tale she tells begins from her beginning through the refugee situation of Biafra. She grows to be a willful baby who realises there's lifestyles outdoors the ghetto. The booklet 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 continuously pulling her self again up and not using a hint of melancholy. in the course of the strength of her personality she overcomes hindrances to reach her dream to develop into a lady of Africa.
This is a vital new novel – and a fictionalised transforming of genuine lifestyles tales advised to writer Nick Roddy in Douala through Biafran refugees. Nick’s personal reviews within the area additionally tell this novel – whereas writing it he used to be abducted by way of 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 residing and in Douala.
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A Woman of Africa by Nick Roddy