New Books by African Authors 2012-2013

daughterswhowalkDaughters Who Walk This Path is Yejide Kilanko’s debut novel, published by Penguin, Canada, April 2012. The US edition published by Pintail Books (Penguin US) January 2013.

“Spirited, intelligent Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and a busy family in modern-day Ibadan, Nigeria. An adoring little sister, her traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo’s home their own. So there’s nothing unusual about Morayo’s charming but troubled cousin, Bros T, moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her.
Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her, Morayo must learn to fiercely protect herself and her sister; a legacy of silence many women in Morayo’s family share. Only Aunty Morenike—once protected by her own mother—provides Morayo with a safe home, and a sense of female community which sustains Morayo as she grows into a young woman in bustling, politically charged, often violent Nigeria.” Yejide Kilanko is a Nigerian writer living in Canada.


Before We Set Sail is Chika A. Ezeanya’s historical fiction novel, published by The History Society of Africa (2012). BookCoverPreviewAfter over 200 years, Olaudah Equiano ‘writes’ again.
“Before We Set Sail is about the eventful journey of an eleven year old African slave boy within the deep interiors of West Africa in the years 1755 – 56. Written by “himself” as a freed slave resident in London in 1796, the narrative focuses on the thrilling adventures he encountered during the time he spent as a boy slave in West Africa prior to being sold to British slave merchants. Before We Set Sail  is presented as a continuation of the best selling first-ever slave autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano: Written by Himself.In The Interesting Narrative, Olaudah Equiano gave scant attention to the period he spent in Africa as a slave after being kidnapped from his parent’s home, before being sold to European slave traders. He rather emphasized his experiences as a slave in the United States and later United Kingdom.  Before We Set Sail focuses on this missing period in Olaudah Equiano’s autobiography. The book deftly weaves a captivating tale of escape and resale from one African slave master to another, giving an enchanting account of events that would have occurred in 18th century West Africa. Before We Set Sail offers a refreshing, suspense-filled and witty account of the Africa of 1755, from the double points of view of an unlettered African boy and a literate British adult, in a way that excites the reader’s curiosity.”
Out of 250 unpublished manuscripts submitted by African writers across the globe, “Before We Set Sail” was one of six shortlisted for the inaugural Penguin Publishers Prize for African Writing. 
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