Joseph Njoh (Author) Liberia: The Path to War is a complete graphic account of the history, politics, economic, and social life of the amiable people of Liberia ? a once beautiful ?glorious land of liberty.? The book traces how Liberia modelled its politics upon the American presidential system after its independence in July 1847. It relates how the ideal dividends of independence were distorted by the conflicting forces of the indigenous-Liberians and the Americo-Liberians (the minority group of descendants of former American slaves who held power tenaciously for 133 post-independence years). The book narrates how the brutal suppression of agitation for reforms culminated in a military coup in April 1980 by low-ranking officers of indigenous origin. The coup succeeded in ending the Americo-Liberian oligarchy and the First Republic, but it also succeeded in sweeping Liberia into grave political chaos. President Doe?s ethnic patronage exacerbated inter-tribal tension, leading to ethnically-motivated, inter-communal violence and the persistent fears of revenge. Moments of heart-rending tragedy are described herein. Also described in detail is the complex web of conspiracies woven around the President, which ultimately led to the beginning of the civil war and the collapse of the Second Republic. This intellectual work deserves to be read by those who seek to understand Liberian polity, politics and history
Koke Omotoso (Author) Kole Omotoso, one of Nigeria's major writers, is always provocative. His writing is informed by a passionate concern for society and politics in Nigeria. This major work is a blend of fact and fiction dramatizing the first one hundred years of Nigeria. Most of the characters and incidents inthe book are real; the narrative is conceived and written as a novel. The story covers riots, uprisings, private hopes and griefsand coup d'etats -a history marred by violence, with an outcome satisfactory to none. The book was received as a major contribution to African writing, in its innovative style, and was awarded Special Commendation in the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa in 1989 , which described it as providing a more profound understanding than is available in conventional history books and novels.
In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
Dinaw Mengestu (Author) A "beautifully written"* (New York Times Book Review) novel of redemption by a prize-winning international literary star.
From the acclaimed author of The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears comes a heartbreaking literary masterwork about love, family, and the power of imagination.
Following the death of his father Yosef, Jonas Woldemariam feels compelled to make sense of the volatile generational and cultural ties that have forged him. Leaving behind his marriage and job in New York, he sets out to retrace his mother and father's honeymoon as young Ethiopian immigrants and weave together a family history that will take him from the war-torn country of his parents' youth to a brighter vision of his life in America today. In so doing, he crafts a story- real or invented-that holds the possibility of reconciliation and redemption.