Sunday, July 15, 2018

I Am Coming To Africa This Week - Says Ex Prez Obama

6:14:00 PM


The 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama has said he'll be coming to Africa this week.

The father-of-two made the announcement via his Facebook page and went on to recommend incredible African literary works he's found inspiring. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel, Americanah, was one of the novels he recommended for summer reading.

He wrote:

This week, Im traveling to Africa for the first time since I left office â€" a continent of unbelievable diversity, thriving culture, and remarkable stories. 

I was proud to visit sub-Saharan Africa more times than any other sitting President, and Ill return this week to visit Kenya and South Africa. In South Africa, the Obama Foundation will convene 200 extraordinary young leaders from across the continent and Ill deliver a speech to mark the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandelas birth. Kenya, of course, is the Obama ancestral home. I visited for the first time when I was in my twenties and I was profoundly influenced by my experiences â€" a journey I wrote about in my first book, Dreams from My Father. 

Over the years since, I've often drawn inspiration from Africa's extraordinary literary tradition. As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that Id recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africas best writers and thinkers â€" each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways.
 
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
A true classic of world literature, this novel paints a picture of traditional society wrestling with the arrival of foreign influence, from Christian missionaries to British colonialism. A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.
 
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiongo
A chronicle of the events leading up to Kenyas independence, and a compelling story of how the transformative events of history weigh on individual lives and relationships.
 
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Mandelas life was one of the epic stories of the 20th century. This definitive memoir traces the arc of his life from a small village, to his years as a revolutionary, to his long imprisonment, and ultimately his ascension to unifying President, leader, and global icon. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history â€" and then go out and change it.
 
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From one of the worlds great contemporary writers comes the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.
 
The Return by Hisham Matar
A beautifully-written memoir that skillfully balances a graceful guide through Libyas recent history with the authors dogged quest to find his father who disappeared in Gaddafis prisons.
 
The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes
Its true, Ben does not have African blood running through his veins. But few others so closely see the world through my eyes like he can. Bens one of the few whove been with me since that first presidential campaign. His memoir is one of the smartest reflections Ive seen as to how we approached foreign policy, and one of the most compelling stories Ive seen about what its actually like to serve the American people for eight years in the White House.


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