Saturday, August 18, 2012

African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies

This is a great project that deserves our attention:

"As far as I know, no one has ever before published an anthology that brings
together a collection of African authors — men and women of all ethnic groups,
born and raised on the continent — telling the stories of their own lives in
their own words.
It’s not because there’s any lack of material. Some African memoirs are famous, like Ak√©: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka, The Dark Child by Camara Laye, and No Easy Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Many more are just as dramatic and well-written, yet hardly known."

If you have not read any of these books, you're missing quite a lot.
Anyway, see what Geoff Wisner is doing for African literature and African lives.



  1. Many thanks for this shout-out! The project is doing well: 12 days left and $735 still to raise.

  2. Thanks for this. Yes, I will read it and hopefully it will inspire me.