2016 is the year we all start reading more works by African female writers. Yes, yes, I know you loved Americanah and that Chimamanda Adiche is your FAVORITEEEEE, but there are other African women writers in the world. So, I have decided to dedicate this year to exploring those women and combing through a book a month (insha'Allah) by the Taiye Selasi's and the Seffi Atta's of the world. Join me o! The month of January I will be reading We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo. I downloaded this book on my Kindle in 2013 and am JUST now getting to it three years later! Its basically the story of a young girl's journey out of violent and unpredictable post-colonial Zimbabwe and how she made it to America.
I was perusing Minna Salami's blog looking for new book suggestions and she posted a quote from this book that made me pick it back up immediately:
"Look at the children of the land leaving in droves, leaving their own land with bleeding wounds on their bodies and shock on their faces and blood in their hearts and hunger in their stomachs and grief in their footsteps. Leaving their mothers and fathers and children behind, leaving their umbilical cords underneath the soil, leaving the bones of their ancestors in the earth, leaving everything that makes them who and what they are, leaving because it is no longer possible to stay. They will never be the same again because you cannot be the same once you leave behind who and what you are, you just cannot be the same."