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Posted February 19, 2013
Under African Skies features a star-studded line-up of African writers, with short stories arranged to form a time-line from pre-independence Africa to Africa of the Nineties. Here are some notable pieces.
His prose and imagery perfection, Camara Laye allows us a breathtaking view of the remnants of an ancient Guinean ruin through The Eyes Of The Statue; while Sembene Ousmane tells the story of a Black Girl eager to leave Senegal for Paris, only to soon enough learn, and with tragic consequences, that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Es'kia Mphahlele shares about Mrs. Plum, an Afrikaner woman of the Apartheid years who is always quick to profess her love for Africans, yet her actions remain wanting. Kenya's own Grace Ogot's Tekayo takes the reader back to high school days, although this time it makes for delightful reading due to the absence of the numbing fear of imminent exams. In Ken Saro Wiwa's haunting piece Afrika Kills Her Sun, which was published six years before his own execution/ murder, he tells an evocative tale of a death row inmate writing a letter to a childhood sweetheart on the eve of his execution. Nuruddin Farah dazzles in My Father, The Englishman And I as his protagonist reminisces about the role his father played as translator to the English during the signing of the 1948 treaty that saw Ethiopia take over Somalia's Ogaden region.
As the reader takes her seat at the feet of Africa's finest storytellers, Under African Skies, they will be regaled with the most splendid tales from the continent... tales that only Africa can tell.