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By Nick Roddy

‘I am an African girl. That’s no longer a political assertion. i'm really not a Whoopee Goldberg or an Oprah Winfrey, a middle-class American looking for an identification or announcing a political correct. i'm a girl and i'm African. that's all there's to it, and that's my tragedy.’

In Douala, Cameroon, an African girl relates her lifestyles as a girl of Africa to a white oil corporation employee. Her tale could be noticeable as an event which features a variety of matters that impact girls in Africa at the present time, it touches upon Aids tribal prejudice, prostitution, poverty and ignorance.

Viewing her lifestyles throughout the conflicting filters of faith and cynicism, her narrative is wonderful and relocating. She relates, with out hint of self-pity, her existence as a Biafran refugee, as a girls in glossy Cameroon and as an uneducated Anglophone in today’s Douala.

The tale she tells begins from her start throughout the refugee challenge of Biafra. She grows to be a willful baby who realises there's lifestyles outdoor the ghetto. The ebook follows her as she develops right into a younger girl whose singular, eccentric and vibrant personality drives her to include lifestyles furiously. In doing so she demanding situations the social norms of her society.

Rarely self-analytical, she forces a nearly existentist course via her barriers, usually falling alongside the best way yet consistently pulling her self again up with no hint of depression. in the course of the strength of her personality she overcomes hindrances to reach her dream to develop into a lady of Africa.

This is a crucial new novel – and a fictionalised remodeling of actual existence tales informed to writer Nick Roddy in Douala through Biafran refugees. Nick’s personal reviews within the quarter additionally tell this novel – whereas writing it he was once abducted via MEND (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta) and held captive within the Jungle for three weeks. Nick nonetheless spends a part of every year residing and in Douala.

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