Celebrating East African Writing!
Book Spotlight by Stella Riunga
I bet, like me, you will be surprised to find this many African love stories all in one collection. African Love Stories is a collection of 21 stories by authors, most of them female, from all over Africa. South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Uganda and Cote d’Ivoire are represented in this collection. The book is edited by Ama Ata Aidoo, a prolific Ghanaian writer and scholar. Here’s a brief glimpse into some of the stories in this collection.
Modi’s Bride by Sindiwe Magona is an outstanding tale from South Africa that tells of the fierce and undying love a warrior had for his chosen bride, despite all odds.
Marriage and Other Impediments by Tomi Adeaga talks about the difficulties that two lovers from different races face as they try to convince their respective families to give their blessing for marriage.
The Rival by Yada Adoe will have you giggling to yourself as you witness the trials of a good wife who has had enough of her husband’s manipulative sister, and finally decides to stand up for herself.
Jambula Tree by Monica Arac de Nyeko traces the aftermath of one night on the lives of two young girls, best friends whose innocent love for each other develops into something much more.
Possessing the Secret of Joy by Chika Unigwe tells of Uju, the daughter of a poor widow married to a rich man in order to rescue her mother from poverty. Her married life is miserable-until she discovers the one thing that becomes her saving grace.
Deep Sea Fishing by our very own Wangui wa Goro, at first glance seems a pleasant boy-girl love story, until beautiful Shanti’s shocking secret is discovered. Can Lenana love her as she is? Would any man?
The stories here tell of love in daily life, of the dark side of love as well as the happy side. Some end well, others do not, as is always the case with love in real life. In any case, there’s something for everyone in this well put-together anthology.
About the author of Deep Sea Fishing – Wangui wa Goro
Wangui wa Goro is an academic social critic, researcher, translator and writer and a campaigner for human rights in Africa and Europe. She has been involved in rights for race, gender equality and democracy for over twenty years. Her book which is co-edited with Kelly Coate and Suki Ali published by Routledge in 2001 has been significant in shaping debates about human rights, identity, location and democracy.
She is a pioneer in translation of African literature and her translation of Ngugi wa Thiongo’s work from Gikuyu to English brought her global acclaim. Her research interests are in the field of human rights and translation. She also translates ground breaking and award winning authors from French to English.
In the past, she has served on significant academic committees including the executive Committee of the Women’s Studies Network UK, the translation advisory committees of the British Centre for Literary translation and that of the Arts Council. Wangui wa Goro also currently serves on the Pen International translation advisory committee and on the Executive committee of the African Literature Association. She is also one of the international advisors for the Encyclopaedia of the African Diaspora based at the University of Florida.
Wangui has also worked as a research fellow at the Centre for Social and Evaluation Research in the Department of Applied Social Sciences (DASS).