READINGS

 

  Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Aidoo (Ghana)

"'My dear young man,' said the visiting professor, 'to give you the decent answer your anxiety demands, I would have to tell you a detailed history of the African continent. And to do that, I shall have to speak every day, twenty-four hours a day, for at least three thousand years. And I don't mean to be rude to you or anything, but who has that kind of time?'" (from Our Sister Killjoy, 1977)

 

The novel raises issues such as the cross continental struggles of women. The author forces Africans living abroad, to consider their allegiance to Africa by retiring home.

 

  So Long A Letter by Mariama Ba (Senegal)

This book is a must for anyone interested in African literature or different cultures in general.  The book is a letter written by a woman in mourning for her husband to her friend Aissatou. Their lives mix, overlap, and clash throughout the letter that makes up the book's text.

 

  Le Prix d'une vie [The Price of a Life]

by Simone Kaya (Cote d’Ivoire)

This novel is the story of Clémence studying to be a nurse in France. She meets Jacques there, whom she marries, despite the fact that her parents disapprove of her marrying an African of a different origin to herself. Clémence and Jacques return to Africa and begin a family, but as a result of the fall of the government and a change in régime, they are forced to flee the country. Jacques becomes increasingly preoccupied with his work and more and more distant from his wife and children and finally ends up leaving them.

 

Text Box:  Click left to read some poems by 
Gladys May Casely-Hayford 

   (Sierra Leone)

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