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New Daughters of Africa

by Margaret Busby

New Daughters of Africa Synopsis

Showcasing the work of more than 200 women writers of African descent, this major international collection celebrates their contributions to literature and international culture. Twenty-five years ago, Margaret Busby wrote a groundbreaking anthology Daughters of Africa illuminated the silent, forgotten, underrated voices of black women (Washington Post). Published to international acclaim, it was hailed as an extraordinary body of achievement... a vital document of lost history (Sunday Times). New Daughters of Africa continues that mission for a new generation, bringing together a selection of overlooked artists of the past with fresh and vibrant voices that have emerged from across the globe in the past two decades, from Antigua to Zimbabwe and Angola to the USA. Key figures join popular contemporaries in paying tribute to the heritage that unites them. Each of the pieces in this remarkable collection demonstrates an uplifting sense of sisterhood, honours the strong links that endure from generation to generation, and addresses the common obstacles women writers of colour face as they negotiate issues of race, gender and class, and confront vital matters of independence, freedom and oppression. Custom, tradition, friendships, sisterhood, romance, sexuality, intersectional feminism, the politics of gender, race, and identity-all and more are explored in this glorious collection of work from over 200 writers. New Daughters of Africa spans a wealth of genres-autobiography, memoir, oral history, letters, diaries, short stories, novels, poetry, drama, humour, politics, journalism, essays and speeches-to demonstrate the diversity and remarkable literary achievements of black women who remain under-represented, and whose works continue to be under-rated, in world culture today. Featuring women across the diaspora, New Daughters of Africa illuminates the richness and cultural history of this original continent and its enduring influence, while reflecting our own lives and issues today. Bold and insightful, brilliant in its intimacy and universality, this essential volume honours the talents of African daughters and the inspiring legacy that connects them-and all of us. Contributors include: Diane Abbott * Yassmin Abdel-Magied * Leila Aboulela * Ayo ba mi Ade ba yo * Sade Adeniran * Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie * Zoe Adjonyoh * Patience Agbabi * Agnes Agboton * Candace Allen * Lisa Allen-Agostini * Ellah Wakatama Allfrey * Andaiye * Harriet Anena * Joan Anim-Addo * Monica Arac de Nyeko * Yemisi Aribisala * Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro * Amma Asante * Michelle Asantewa * Nana Asma'u * Sefi Atta * Ayesha Harruna Attah * Gabeba Baderoon * Yaba Badoe * Yvonne Bailey-Smith * Doreen Baingana * Ellen Banda-Aaku * Angela Barry * Mildred K. Barya * Jackee Budesta Batanda * Simi Bedford * Linda Bellos * Jay Bernard * Marion Bethel * Ama Biney * Jacqueline Bishop * Malorie Blackman * Tanella Boni * Malika Booker * Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond * Beverley Bryan * Akosua Busia * Candice Carty-Williams * Rutendo Chabikwa * Barbara Chase-Riboud * Panashe Chigumadzi * Gabrielle Civil * Maxine Beneba Clarke * Angela Cobbinah * Carolyn Cooper * Juanita Cox * Meta Davis Cumberbatch * Patricia Cumper * Stella Dadzie * Yrsa Daley-Ward * Nana-Ama Danquah * Edwidge Danticat * Nadia Davids * Tjawangwa Dema * Yvonne Denis Rosario * Anni Domingo * Nah Dove * Edwige Renee Dro * Camille T. Dungy * Anais Duplan * Reni Eddo-Lodge * Aida Edemariam * Esi Edugyan * Summer Edward * Yvvette Edwards * Zena Edwards * Safia Elhillo * Zetta Elliott * Nawal El Saadawi * Diana Evans * Bernardine Evaristo * Eve L. Ewing * Deise Faria Nunes * Diana Ferrus * Nikky Finney * Aminatta Forna * Ifeona Fulani * Vangile Gantsho * Roxane Gay * Danielle Legros Georges * Patricia Glinton-Meicholas * Hawa Jande Golakai * Wangui wa Goro * Bonnie Greer * Jane Ulysses Grell * Rachel Eliza Griffiths * Carmen Harris * zakia henderson-brown * Joanne C. Hillhouse * Afua Hirsch * Zita Holbourne * Nalo Hopkinson * Rashidah Ismaili * Naomi Jackson * Sandra Jackson-Opoku * Delia Jarrett-Macauley * Margo Jefferson * Barbara Jenkins * Catherine Johnson * Ethel Irene Kabwato * Elizabeth Keckley * Fatimah Kelleher * Donika Kelly * Adrienne Kennedy * Susan Nalugwa Kiguli * Rosamond S. King * Donu Kogbara * Lauri Kubuitsile * Goretti Kyomuhendo * Beatrice Lamwaka * Patrice Lawrence * Andrea Levy * Lesley Lokko * Karen Lord * Karen McCarthy Woolf * Ashley Makue * Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi * Reneilwe Malatji * Sarah Ladipo Manyika * Ros Martin * Lebogang Mashile * Isabella Matambanadzo * NomaVenda Mathiane * Imbolo Mbue * Maaza Mengiste * Arthenia Bates Millican * Bridget Minamore * Nadifa Mohamed * Natalia Molebatsi * Wame Molefhe * Aja Monet * Sisonke Msimang * Blessing Musariri * Glaydah Namukasa * Marie NDiaye * Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi * Wanjiku wa Ngugi * Ketty Nivyabandi * Elizabeth Nunez * Selina Nwulu * Trifonia Melibea Obono * Nana Oforiatta Ayim * Irenosen Okojie * Nnedi Okorafor * Juliane Okot Bitek * Chinelo Okparanta * Yewande Omotoso * Makena Onjerika * Chibundu Onuzo * Tess Onwueme * Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor * Louisa Adjoa Parker * Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida * Alake Pilgrim * Winsome Pinnock * Hannah Azieb Pool * Olumide Popoola * Claudia Rankine * H. Cordelia Ray * Sarah Parker Remond * Florida Ruffin Ridley * Zandria F. Robinson * Zuleica Romay Guerra * Andrea Rosario-Gborie * Leone Ross * Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin * Minna Salami * Marina Salandy-Brown * Sapphire * Noo Saro-Wiwa * Taiye Selasi * Namwali Serpell * Kadija Sesay * Claire Shepherd * Verene A. Shepherd * Warsan Shire * Lola Shoneyin * Dorothea Smartt * Zadie Smith * Adeola Solanke * Celia Sorhaindo * Attillah Springer * Andrea Stuart * SuAndi * Valerie Joan Tagwira * Jennifer Teege * Jean Thevenet * Natasha Trethewey * Novuyo Rosa Tshuma * Hilda J. Twongyeirwe * Chika Unigwe * Yvonne Vera * Phillippa Yaa de Villiers * Kit de Waal * Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw * Effie Waller Smith * Rebecca Walker * Ayeta Anne Wangusa * Zukiswa Wanner * Jesmyn Ward * Verna Allette Wilkins * Charlotte Williams * Sue Woodford-Hollick * Makhosazana Xaba * Tiphanie Yanique

New Daughters of Africa Press Reviews

'A remarkable anthology that shines a light on the overlooked interior lives of black women who have faced decades of political struggle. It is also necessary. Daughters of Africa was groundbreaking for bringing the tradition of black women writers to the fore. This new anthology has an increased urgency. We live in an age when old forms of bigotry are being revived. We also live at a time when there are increasing demands on our attention. It is easy to note only the splashiest debut, or a single voice that speaks for many marginalised people. Busby invites us to slow down, to read through a tradition that will lead us to fall in love with beautiful and insightful writers we might not otherwise encounter, and to be open to a wide variety of forms, themes and authors.'Imani Perry, Financial Times; '... possibly the most important anthology published in 2019, featuring some of the most incisive and visionary writing I've read in a long time. I can't think of anything else I've read this year that matches this for its scope and beauty.'Anthony Joseph, Wasafiri magazine; 'Olumide Popoola's elegant and lyrical prose is instantly engaging. Her complex work captures the atmosphere and the tempo of the racial tension in King's Cross. She is fascinated with the spaces in between culture and form, and she is adept at moving between Nigeria, Germany and the UK.'Jackie Kay, Guardian;'A vast and nuanced collection. Sometimes you need an anthology to remind you of the variety, strength and nuance of writing among a certain region or group of people. New Daughters of Africa is indispensable because African voices have been silenced or diminished throughout history, and women's voices even more so.'Sally Hayden, The Irish Times;'A great literary assembly put together for the purpose of reconstructing perceptions about Africa and her women, celebrating African women in literature and showcasing the dazzling range of their work.'Guardian Arts Nigeria;'This remarkable book constitutes a powerful affirmation of literary achievement, demonstrating that contemporary black women writers are part of a vital and extensive tradition. Just as significantly, the anthology brings these works into dialogue with one another, becoming a potent assertion of a collective identity that transcends political, religious, linguistic, regional and generational boundaries... The book's structure also helps the reader to discern subtle shifts in the way certain themes are represented over time... New Daughters of Africa demonstrates that this work does not exist in a vacuum. Black women writers have always had something significant to say to the world and to each other.'Times Literary Supplement;'Every Black home should own a copy of the book. The literary voices of Black women need to be heard even more urgently now.'John Stevenson, Black History 365;'New Daughters of Africa is a beautiful, essential anthology. It is both long-awaited and urgently needed; it recognises the individual voices and interwoven histories of every facet of womanhood. More than a work of political activism, more than a living archive, more than entertainment, it is a testimony to the shifting nuances of having African origins, and forms a conversation about a future that encompasses all of us. It belongs in every library, on every school and university curriculum and home bookshelf, and is a true celebration of the collective power of women's words.'Preti Taneja;'It has been a long time since a book created the kind of buzz and excitement which has surrounded New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Writing by Women of African Descent. Reserve a special place for this one on your bookshelf, it's a must-have.'Samira Sawlani, African Arguments; 'New Daughters of Africa has introduced me to an enormously compelling body of works and writers that I had never heard of but are all worth reading... I found myself immediately engrossed in each woman's 'story', as Busby calls each of the extracts... they each have something profound to say and many pieces, albeit fragments of a larger piece, are also immensely moving... each extract serves as an enticement to look further into many of the writers' lives and works. One can ask for little more from an anthology so spilling over with such a wealth of history, hope, wisdom and talent.'Sydney Morning Herald;'Here is the book so many have been waiting for. The book to make sense of so many others.'New York Journal of Books;''With more than 200 black women writers in its 700 eventful pages, this inspiring collection punches above its very considerable weight. The result is great diversity within a supposed minority, a resounding statement of the infinitely rich life experience of the 'sisters' drawn from Africa and the Diaspora.' Echoes Magazine;'Jarrett-Macauley notes that Busby has turned reading English into something global, explosive and urgent. This is the joy and richness a reader will discover in this book: explosiveness, urgency, and a fantastic global literary encounter.'Professor Selwyn Cudjoe for Trinidad Daily Express

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912408016
Publication date: 8th March 2019
Author: Margaret Busby
Publisher: Myriad Editions
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 840 pages
Categories: Anthologies (non-poetry),

About Margaret Busby

Margaret Busby OBE, Hon. FRSL (Nana Akua Ackon) is a major cultural figure in Britain and around the world. She was born in Ghana and educated in the UK, graduating from London University. She became Britain's youngest and first black woman publisher when she co-founded Allison & Busby in the late 1960s and published notable authors including Buchi Emecheta, Nuruddin Farah, Rosa Guy, C. L. R. James, Michael Moorcock and Jill Murphy. A writer, editor, broadcaster and literary critic, she has also written drama for BBC radio and the stage. Her radio abridgements and dramatisations encompass work by Henry Louis Gates, ...

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