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Book Digest: Ama Asantewa Diaka, Nathi Ngubane, Conceição Lima, Hussain Ahmed

We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Ama Asantewa Diaka, Nathi Ngubane, Conceição Lima, and Hussain Ahmed.

From the river to the sea by Nathi Ngubane
Publisher: Social Media Bandit
Date:  February 16, 2024
Genre:  Nonfiction, Children’s Book,
Language:  English
Where to find it: Social Media Bandit, Hikmah,  Suhayla

Nathi Ngubane

Nathi Ngubane
Nathi Ngubane

Nathi Ngubane is a South African-based writer and illustrator. He grew up in Chesterville, a small township in Durban, KZN. After graduating with a diploma in Graphic Design from The Durban University of Technology, he landed his first freelance gig as a political cartoonist for The Daily Vox. In 2015, he was approached by The Citizen News with a position in political cartooning. In 2018, he resigned to focus on his brand, Think Ahead Comix. His first children’s book, “Duma Says: Wash your hands, wear a mask!” was published in 2020, followed by “Duma Says: Let’s Live!”, a collector’s edition with two more stories in the series. In August 2021, he released his latest book in the series titled “Duma Says: Your ABCs to Good Health”. His work has been featured in Al Jazeera, BBC, Daily Maverick, New Frame & others.

From the River To The Sea: A Colouring Book

From the river to the sea by Nathi Ngubane
From the river to the sea by Nathi Ngubane

From the River to the Sea is an educational colouring book that provides a gateway into the story of Palestine. Through a series of stunning illustrations, Soweto-based Nathi Ngubane, tackles the injustice of the Nakba, delves into the history and culture of the land, and introduces young readers to the key concepts driving and sustaining Palestinian resistance. All proceeds will be donated to Palestine through Penny Appeal South Africa.

someone birthed them broken By Ama Asantewa Diaka

Publisher:  Amistad
Date:  April 2, 2024
Genre:  Fiction, Short stories
Language:  English
Where to find it:  Harper Collins,

Ama Asantewa Diaka

Ama Asantewa Diaka
Ama Asantewa Diaka

Ama Asantewa Diaka is a Ghanaian poet, storyteller, and spoken word artist who performs as Poetra Asantewa. She is the author of the chapbook, You Too Will Know Me, and the debut poetry collection, Woman, Eat Me Whole, and her poems and fiction have appeared in print and online. She recently completed an MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Ghana.

someone birthed them broken

someone birthed them broken By Ama Asantewa Diaka
someone birthed them broken By Ama Asantewa Diaka

In this startling collection of short fiction, Ama Asantewa Diaka creates a vibrant portrait of young Ghanaians’ today, captured in the experiences of characters whose lives bump against one other in friendship, passion, hope, and heartache. Men like Opoku Sr., not yet forty and struggling to keep his family’s cocoa business afloat after his father’s unexpected passing. Opoku strains under the burden of caring for his eight younger siblings and the child whose mother ran off. When his new girlfriend tells him she’s pregnant, he knows he has nothing left to give. Years later, that girlfriend’s son, Opoku Jr., now faces his own troubles, including his girlfriend Boatemaa, who (correctly) suspects he is sneaking around, and Amoafoa, the woman he’s seeing on the side. And there is John, who confides to his crush Baaba about a surprising encounter with a male friend over a game of FIFA; Baaba, who falls into a whirlwind romance with her professor that ends in violence; and their friend Ayeley, who is learning to accept pleasure after being raised to believe it is sinful. Diaka charts this constellation of interconnected lives in thirteen stories, exploring themes which run through the collection like a current: corruption and economic hardship, trauma and infidelity, shame, neglect, and the tribulations of the female body. In telling their stories, Diaka illuminates hope, freedom, and triumph that can be found in the everyday—the bonds between women, the joys of love and sex and art and dancing, the possibility of repair and redemption. Renowned for her spoken word artistry, Ama Asantewa Diaka demonstrates her lyrical brilliance in this emotionally rich work that unveils profound truths about her country, its inhabitants, and the universality of human experience.

Quando Florirem Salambás No Tecto Do Pico by Conceição Lima

Publisher:  Mazza Edições/ Deep Vellum
Date:  April 8, 2024
Genre:  Poetry
Language:  English
Where to find it:  Mazza Edições

Conceição Lima

Conceição Lima
Conceição Lima

Conceição Lima graduated in Afro-Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from King’s College London, is a journalist and writer. After working at the BBC in London, she returned to São Tomé and Príncipe, where she lives. Author of several books of poetry and chronicles published regularly in Portugal and Brazil, some of her poems translated into English can be found in several international literary newspapers, websites and blogs.

Quando Florirem Salambás No Tecto Do Pico

Quando Florirem Salambás No Tecto Do Pico by Conceição Lima
Quando Florirem Salambás No Tecto Do Pico by Conceição Lima

In “Quando florirem salambás no tecto do pico”, what we find is a love, figured throughout the work as a “you”, whose face is not exposed to a first glance and which, in the meantime, unfolds, transforms itself. whether on land and island, at sea and in rivers and, perhaps, in men. Furthermore, it is a work of overcoming and conquering the independent word, which dialogues with the poetry of the world and with the locus from which the poetic voice speaks.

Blue Exodus, poems by Hussain Ahmed

Publisher:  Orison Books
Date:  April 2, 2024
Genre:  Poetry
Language:  English
Where to find it:  Click here

Hussain Ahmed

Hussain Ahmed
Hussain Ahmed

Hussain Ahmed is a Nigerian poet and environmentalist who holds an MFA from the University of Mississippi and is currently a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry Magazine, The Kenyon Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapbook Harp in a Fireplace (Newfound, 2021) and the poetry collection Soliloquy with the Ghosts in Nile (Black Ocean Press, 2022).

Blue Exodus

Blue Exodus, poems by Hussain Ahmed
Blue Exodus, poems by Hussain Ahmed

Blue Exodus charts a heart’s history of home, war, dispossession, and displacement, as well as the human solidarity and sacred rituals that remain despite the loss of so much else. Populated by moons and oceans and birds, as well as missiles and gun magazines, these lush poems carry profound grief but also adamantine hope.

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