Published in 2012 by Dovetail Press, Waiting for the Rains is a new book by Roger J. Barton. It is a memoir of Africa, more specifically the author’s life as an expatriate in the 1970s in the countries of Malawi and Zambia; working with the Government Printing Office. “Living in Africa is a life changing experience, which only becomes apparent when you move away and reflect on the continent you have left”, writes Barton. Several years after leaving Africa, Roger decides to share his experiences with the rest of the world.
With an already strained marriage on the brink of divorce, the last thing Moni Badmus needs is the endless bizarre demands from her rebellious teenage daughter. Can anything get worse for her? But yet it does…This sums up the first chapter of Vivian Kay’s novella Honour among All. Set in Canada, the story revolves around the Badmus family, devout Christians but whose relationship has become strained due to a slip-up on Ladi’s part. No matter how much he apologizes, Moni can’t seem to forgive or forget the betrayal. This creates a huge a gap between them- they hardly talk to each other and they can’t agree on the best parenting skills for their daughter. The strain seems to rub off onto their teenage daughter; she’s rude to her mother and is unruly at school.
People who enjoy reading Christian romance must not miss out on Unoma Nwankwor’s latest book “When You Let Go”; set to be released in May 2014 and published by Kevstel Publications.
It is a Christian love story of Amara and Ejike, a Nigerian couple living in Dallas and the challenges they face at some point in their relationship and how they are able to overcome them through love and their faithfulness in divine intervention.
The story begins in Nigeria. Chinele’s son has suffered since birth with a blood disorder and her mother believes a permanent solution lies in America. In America, we are introduced to Amara and Ejike, devoted Christians, very much in love but with no child even though they have been married for six years. To Ejike, Amara is more than enough. Amara on the other hand, feels the greatest gift she can give to her husband is a child. Only a child will make her whole and finally put a stop to her mother-in-law’s snide comments. And then, when they least expect it, God answers their prayers.
Ishmael Beah is a Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist who rose to fame with his acclaimed memoir, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. His first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, was published in January 2014. Beah was born in Sierra Leone in 1980. He moved to the United States in 1998. In 2004 he graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in political science. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division Advisory Committee and has spoken before the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities (CETO) at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, and many other NGO panels on children affected by the war. His work has appeared in VespertinePress and LIT magazine. In this interview with Diane Ndaba, he talks about his writing and growing up in Sierra Leone.
The Land of Honey follows the lives of two people; Zimako and Anuli. They are married and have lived in Nigeria all their lives, studied there and finally got employed there. All seems to be going on well but the decadence of the ruling government disheartens Zimako. He believes the country is on a downward spiral, things are running out of control. He decides that the best solution is to try and start afresh in another country, where there are better organized and developed system
I am Tausi, a book published in 2009 by Author House UK Ltd, is a novella that lays out the differences between two different types of people or cultures as experienced by a young African woman.
In this book, the author takes her readers to a late 90’s Zimbabwe that was or is still in political turmoil and Zambia. The book was published in 2012 by Mkuki na Nyota publishers Ltd.
The story begins in Bumi Hills Lodge, Hwange, Zimbabwe where Isaac and Brett work. Aside from being work colleagues, these two are like brothers. Their parents are large-scale farmers and close friends even though Brett’s family is white and Isaac’s black. They grew up together, with Brett’s mother, Ruth becoming like second mother to Isaac when he lost his own. Despite the great kinship they have between them, they are very different character wise. Brett’s other close companion is his Nikon- his love for filming and photographing the wildlife is endearing while Isaac is happiest at the farm, tinkering with beat up engines and old generators and mechanics.
Published in 2010 by Grove Press, Lyrics Alley tells a story of love, alienated families and faith with a kind moderation.
Mahmoud, an astute businessman and his brother, Idris have established a successful trading empire in Umdurman, Sudan. With Mahmoud at the helm of the Abuzeid family, no one can do wrong, lest the family’s reputation is tarnished. Even though the story opens on a gloomy note (due to his sickness), it is evident that Mahmoud has it all or so it seems. He is married to two women who are as different as night and day- senior wife Waheeba is the Sudanese traditional one, “with the tribal scars on her cheeks………..that looked like cracks on a French loaf” whose whole life is restricted to her hoash while Nabilah, the Egyptian is the epitome of sophistication and modernity.
Published in 2006, and edited by Ama Ata Aidoo, the book is a collection of great stories written by Africa’s best female authors- perhaps only female because women make better love-story writers? As with most anthologies where various authors have contributed, the style of writing, mood, and reactions one experiences when reading this book do tend to vary as one reads one story after another. The main theme is love but the stories do show that individuals get to experience it in various ways. How far can we go for love? Is love found in a different race?- as seen in Something Old, Something New (Leila Abouela) where a young white man driven by feelings travels across boundaries and seas to Khartoum to get married to the young woman he loves. A similar idea is seen in Marriage and other impediments (Tomi Adeaga). Is love an illusion? – As read in A Sunny Afternoon (Veronique Tadjo) where a married woman is under a delusion that a man she barely knew, a man she just spent an afternoon with is the love of her life.
In this Christian romance story, Nwankwor tackles subjects that we or people close to us go through – love, dating, forgiveness, enduring pain and letting go of the past and starting afresh. The plot is set in Nigeria and the USA. Feranmi is a successful young Nigerian woman who works and lives in Atlanta and has great friends. But she is in a dilemma. She is almost thirty and her parents feel it’s high time she got married – and to a Nigerian man! They have even gone as far as getting a suitable suitor for her; something she abhors- she would rather wait for the one God has chosen for her.