Learning to kick a football in a suburban schoolyard. Finding your feet as a young black dancer. Discovering your grandfather’s poetry. Meeting Nelson Mandela at your local church. Facing racism from those who should protect you. Dreading a visit to the hairdresser. House-hopping across the suburbs. Being too black. Not being black enough. Singing to find your soul, and then losing yourself.Welcome to African Australia. Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, this anthology brings together the regions of Africa, and the African diaspora, from the Caribbean to the Americas. Told with passion, power, and poise, these are the stories of African-diaspora Australians: diverse, engaging, hopeful and heartfelt.Contributors include Faustina Agolley, Santilla Chingaipe, Carly Findlay, Khalid Warsame, Nyadol Nyuon, Tariro Mavondo and many, many more.Editors: Maxine Beneba Clarke with Ahmed Yussef and Magan Magan. Narrators: Rebekha Robertson and Thuso Lekwape, with contributors Candy Bowers, Ahmed Yussuf, Magan Magan, Santilla Chingaipe, Tariro Mavondo, Manal Younus and Faustina Agolley. Song contribution by Muma Doesa 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebekha Robertson, Thuso Lekwape, Candy Bowers, Ahmed Yussuf, Magan Magan, Santilla Chingaipe, Tariro Mavondo, Manal Younus, Faustina Agolley, Muma Doesa. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/005089/bk_howe_005089_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. Now, West Africa enters the Noir Series arena, meticulously edited by one of Nigeria´s best-known authors.Brand-new stories by Chris Abani, Nnedi Okorafor, E.C. Osondu, Jude Dibia, Chika Unigwe, A. Igoni Barrett, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Adebola Rayo, Onyinye Ihezukwu, Uche Okonkwo, Wale Lawal, ´Pemi Aguda, and Leye Adenle.From the introduction by Chris Abani: Lagos has, like many coastal cities, a very checkered and noir past. It is the largest city in Nigeria and its former capital. It is also the largest megacity on the African continent, with a population approximating 21 million, and by itself is the fourth-largest economy in Africa.... It is rumored that there are more canals in Lagos than in Venice. Except in Lagos they are often unintentional. Gutters that have become waterways and lagoons fenced in by stilt homes or full of logs for a timber industry most of us don´t know exists. All of it skated by canoes as slick as any dragonfly. There are currently no moonlight or other gondola rides available....The 13 stories that comprise this volume stretch the boundaries of ´´noir´´ fiction, but each one of them fully captures the essence of noir, the unsettled darkness that continues to lurk in the city´s streets, alleys, and waterways.... Together, these stories create an unchartered path through the center of Lagos and out to its peripheries, revealing so much more truth at the heart of this tremendous city than any guidebook, TV show, film, or book you are likely to find.´´In the introduction to this excellent anthology, Abani welcomes readers to Lagos, Nigeria, a city of more than 21 million and an amazing amalgam of wealth, poverty, corruption, humor, bravery, and tragedy. Abani and a dozen other contr 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Free, Cary Hite. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/050861/bk_adbl_050861_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.