Author: Ama Ata Aidoo
African Love Stories: An Anthology
This radical collection of short stories is a double award-winning book aimed at debunking the myth about African women as impoverished victims. The stories deal with challenging themes representing some of the most complex love stories ever published from Africa, ranging from labour pains to burials, teenagers to octogenarians, race-fraught and same-sex relationships, the human heart is out there, bold bleeding and occasionally triumphant. Crafted by a stellar cast of authors including El Saadawi, Adichie, Atta, Baingana, Oyeyemi, Manyika, Aboulela, wa Goro, Badoe, Magona, Tadjo, Krog, Ogundipe, de Nyeko et al., it is a much welcomed addition to African literature. With contributions from 21 African women writers as follows: From Sudan Leila Aboulela From Egypt Nawal El Saadawi From Cote d’Ivoire Véronique Tadjo From Ghana Yaba Badoe From Nigeria Tomi Adeaga, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sefi Atta, Rounke Coker, Anthonia C Kalu, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Promise Ogochukwu, Molara Ogundipe, Helen Oyeyemi and Chika Unigwe. From Kenya Wangui wa Goro From South Africa Antjie Krog, Sindiwe Magona. From Uganda Monica Arac de Nyeko, Doreen Baingana and Mildred Kiconco Barya From Zimbabwe Blessing Musariri
Diplomatic Pounds and Other Stories
Ama Ata Aidoo is an iconic African woman writer who has inspired generations of black and other writers in Africa and internationally and this collection affirms why she is respected as one of the most important voices in African women’s writing. Her latest collection brings together diverse themes that speak to the relationship between Africa and its Diasporas in terms of home and exile and a sense of belonging and alienation. The stories celebrate the intricacies of friendships and love and examine the complexities involved in African Diaspora connections engaging with a sense of anomie and fragmentation as a consequence of living across different cultures – Africa and the West. Aidoo reveals her interest in presenting common human frailties.
No Sweetness Here: And Other Stories
A collection of 11 stories, these range from the politics of wigs to the joys of motherhood. In them, the author writes about life in post-colonial Africa, inviting the reader to confront life as it is and rise to the challenge of injustice and ignorance.
Our Sister Killjoy
Out of Africa with her degree and her all seeing eyes comes Sissie. She comes to Europe, to a land of towering mountains and low grey skies and tries to makes sense of it all. What is she doing here? Why aren’t the natives friendly? And what will she do when she goes back home? A profound version of the theme of self discovery, this novel explores the thoughts and experiences of a Ghanaian girl on her travels in Europe. It is a highly personal exploration of the conflicts between Africa and Europe, between men and women, and between a complacent acceptance of the status quo and a passionate desire to reform a rotten world.
The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa
Two dramas depict the stories of a man who returns to his native Ghana with his sophisticated American wife, and a young woman who marries the man she loves, against her parents’ wishes.