ChatAfrik BookClub

Book Description Publication Date: April 23, 2013 Until now, no book on personal finance has systematically and completely shown the average or ordinary individual how to get rich quickly without risks. No book has been written by one of us and from our perspective. Washington or New York mass media elite do not understand the struggle to make ends meet. The Miraculous Millionaire, therefore, is here to fill a large void. Editorial Reviews About the Author Prince Ojong is a West African immigrant from Cameroon. Since the age of five, he has had an American Dream. On August 28, 1983,…
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 09:19

A Woman of Africa: by Nick Roddy

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Book Description Publication Date: 1 Mar 2011 'I am an African woman. That's not a political statement. I am not a Whoopee Goldberg or an Oprah Winfrey, a middle-class American in search of an identity or asserting a political right. I am a woman and I am African. That is all there is to it, and that is my tragedy.' In Douala, Cameroon, an African woman relates her life as a woman of Africa to a white oil company worker. Her story can be seen as an experience which encompasses a range of issues that affect women in Africa today,…
For Women and the Nation: Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti of Nigeria By Cheryl Johnson-Odim, Nina Emma Mba Product Description Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was a Nigerian feminist who fought for suffrage and equal rights for her countrywomen long before the second wave of the women's movement in the United States. She also joined the struggle for Nigerian independence as an activist in the anticolonial movement. "For Women and the Nation" is the story of this courageous woman, one of a handful of full-length biographies of African women activists. It will be welcomed by students of women's studies, African history, and biography, as well as…
USA-Africa Dialogue and Cyberframing Nigerian Nationhood by Koleade Odutola 2012 • $30.00 • 204 pp • paper • ISBN: 978-1-59460-926-8 • LCCN 2011020491 When Africans dialogue with citizens of the United States of America, the continent in its parts through the perspectives of nationals engage each other in conversations. The conversations flow like streams in many directions yielding fruits of different sorts. It is possible for a systematic observer-researcher to fish out important themes and ideas. This book, Diaspora and Imagined Nationality: USA-Africa Dialogue and Cyberframing Nigerian Nationhood, traces the hegemony of Western ideas in postings and conversations online. In…
Fela: The Life and Times of an African Musical Icon by Michael E. Veal Product Description Review "Michael Veal's book presents a vibrant multifaceted portrait of, as the subtitle explains, 'an African musical icon.'...With its exhaustive discography, archival photos, and vivid descriptions of Fela's life in performanceoboth on stage and offothis book provides a fantastic primer on one of the more intriguing musical personalities of the twentieth century." Ethnomusicology "Fela: The Life and Times of an African Musical Icon is both timely and bold... [It] has the potential of becoming a classic of African biography. It is written in an…
Book Description Publication Date: September 9, 2004 Winner of the Books for a Better Life/Suze Orman First Book AwardMay 1986: Seven-year-old Francis Bok was selling his mother's eggs and peanuts near his village in southern Sudan when Arab raiders on horseback burst into the quiet marketplace, murdering men and gathering the women and young children into a group. Strapped to horses and donkeys, Francis and others were taken north into lives of slavery under wealthy Muslim farmers. For ten years, Francis lived in a shed near the goats and cattle that were his responsibility. After two failed attempts to flee--each…
Thursday, 19 January 2012 07:12

Weep Not, Child : by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

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Book Description ISBN-10: 0143026240 | ISBN-13: 978-0143026242 | Publication Date: July 30, 2009 This is a powerful, moving story that details the effects of the infamous Mau Mau war, the African nationalist revolt against colonial oppression in Kenya, on the lives of ordinary men and women, and on one family in particular. Two brothers, Njoroge and Kamau, stand on a rubbish heap and look into their futures. Njoroge is excited; his family has decided that he will attend school, while Kamau will train to be a carpenter. Together they will serve their country - the teacher and the craftsman. But…
Book Description Publication Date: April 13, 2010 In January 2006, after the Republic of Liberia had been racked by fourteen years of brutal civil conflict, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—Africa's "Iron Lady"—was sworn in as president, an event that marked a tremendous turning point in the history of the West African nation. In this stirring memoir, Sirleaf shares the story of her rise to power, including her early childhood; her experiences with abuse, imprisonment, and exile; and her fight for democracy and social justice. She reveals her determination to succeed in multiple worlds, from her studies in the United States to her…
Book Description Series: CARAF Books: Caribbean and African Literature translated from the French | Publication Date: October 22, 1991 Leopold Sedar Senghor was not only president of the Republic of Senegal from 1960 to 1981, he is also Africa's most famous poet. A cofounder of the Negritude cultural movement, he is recognized as one of the most significant figures in African literature. This bilingual edition of Senghor's complete poems made his work available for the first time to English-speaking audiences. His poetry, alive with sensual imagery, contrasts the lushness and wonder of Africa's past with the alienation and loss associated…
'Patrice Lumumba, murdered at the age of 35 in 1961, was prime minister of newly independent Congo for just seven months. The Belgian imperialists, desperate to eliminate him from history, had him shot and his body dissolved in acid. As the news came out, weeks later, mass demonstrations shook capitals across the world. Malcolm X described Lumumba as "the greatest black man who ever walked the African continent". Patrice Lumumba was a new icon of resistance - His blistering speech at the Congo's independence celebrations is alone worth buying this book - the Belgians successfully fostered ethnic and regional divisions…
Book Description Publication Date: May 12, 1979 In May 1976, nine Blacks were arrested in South Africa and charged with terrorism for having 'thoughts' unacceptable to the regime. Bantu Stephen Biko, that country's most important Black leader, stepped forward to testify on their behalf and thus broke the ban on his public speaking. In the late 1960s, Biko had founded the Black Consciousness movement, which called for the psychological and cultural liberation of the Black mind as a precondition to political freedom; the movement spread rapidly among students and the masses, and his goal of using group pride to break…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:58

The Voyage of the Beagle : by Charles Darwin

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In 1831, Charles Darwin embarked on an expedition that, in his own words, determined my whole career. The Voyage of the Beagle chronicles his five-year journey around the world and especially the coastal waters of South America as a naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle. While traveling through these unexplored countries collecting specimens, Darwin began to formulate the theories of evolution and natural selection realized in his master work, The Origin of Species. Travel memoir and scientific primer alike, The Voyage of the Beagle is a lively and accessible introduction to the mind of one of history's most influential thinkers. Paperback:496…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:44

The Origin of Species : by Charles Darwin

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The Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life Charles Darwin's groundbreaking work of evolutionary biology, "The Origin of Species" introduces the scientific theory of evolution, which posits that species evolve over a period of many generations through a process of natural selection. Considered controversial even to this day because of its contradicting position to creationist theory, Darwin's theories have been widely embraced by the scientific community as fact and have laid the foundation for subsequent major advances in the field of biology. "The Origin of Species" is arguably…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:39

Zambia Shall Be Free : by Kenneth Kaunda

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The autobiography of Kenneth Kaunda. Trade paperback, Heinemann Educational Books 1962 English 202 pages ISBN: 0435900048
Publication Date: January 3, 1960 Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909-1987) was the leader of Nigeria's Action Group party and the first indigenous Premier of Western Nigeria. He campaigned heavily for developmental change and implemented free primary education and child healthcare policies across the Western Region. Awolowo began work on this autobiography in 1957, at a time when Nigeria's request for self-government had been refused. The work was completed in 1960, the year Nigeria gained its long-awaited independence. Accordingly, this autobiography is dedicated to a 'new and free Nigeria', with the trust that its people will enjoy 'a more abundant life'. This…
Overview Jeremy Bentham's An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789) is a classic text in modern philosophy. In this foundational book of utilitarian philosophy, he advocates the institutions and individuals should govern according to the greatest happiness for the most people. His arguments remain strikingly relevant to today’s politics. Product Details ISBN-13: 9781411430280 Publisher: Barnes & Noble Publication date: 9/1/2009 Sold by: Sterling Publishers Format: eBook Pages: 368 Meet the Author Jeremy Bentham, born to a London attorney, studied law at Lincoln's Inn. In 1772 he was called to the bar. His first major work was A…
Book Description Christianity 101A First Steps program introduces the concept of Christianity to the new convert in a non-denominational manner. The purpose is to explain the scriptural basis of the various activities observed in Christian fellowships and gathering. It is known that tele-evangelists have succeeded in convincing many people to become Christians.Yet, when they join a new church, they need to be sure that they have made a wrong decision. Hence, this book explains the meaning of relevant rituals that may appear strange to the new Christian, this way they are not only able to get some direction, and form…
Living from the Real Self gives the reader a fuller appreciation of the complexity of human beings, their physical and spiritual aspects, not in an either or manner but by focusing on both of them. It is a more realistic way to address people's psychological and existential issues and yields better results. One must have clarity of vision, purpose, goal and objective. The author wants to give people a systematic way of looking at their lives and behaviors, to provide a manual that helps them to better understand themselves. He is interested in what is helpful to people in adapting…
Saturday, 14 January 2012 11:22

Ake: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka

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Review When he was 4 years old, spurred by insatiable curiosity and the beat of a marching drum, Wole Soyinka slipped silently through the gate of his parents' yard and followed a police band to a distant village. This was his first journey beyond Aké, Nigeria, and reading his account is akin to witnessing a child's epiphany: The parsonage wall had vanished forever but it no longer mattered. Those token bits and pieces of Aké which had entered our home on occasions, or which gave off hints of their nature in those Sunday encounters at church, were beginning to emerge…
What do you pack for the rest of your life? The explosive new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin Shepherd Knacker has been saving all his working life for a one way ticket away from the daily grind. When he sells his handyman business for $1million, 'The Afterlife' seems tantalisingly within reach. Yet his wife has concocted one reason after another why now isn't the time to go. Determined to take the plunge, Shep announces that he is leaving for an island off the coast of Tanzania: with or without her. However, Glynis…
Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. Editorial Reviews…
Crowned the king of Afrobeat and dubbed the Black President, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti was a master performer, composer and voice of the oppressed. The Nigerian musician and activist invented an infectious new musical genre called Afrobeat, combining American funk and jazz with traditional Yoruba and highlife music to end up with a sound that doubled as a weapon for justice. Troubled by the state of Nigerian society, he assembled and built his Kalakuta Republic and created his own political party, actions which saw him arrested, imprisoned and beaten by the police and military--but Fela was so influential in Nigerian cultural and…
Overview Olaudah Equiano was a former slave who became an outspoken opponent of the slave trade. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African is an exciting and terrifying adventure story Equiano's accounts of his kidnapping in Africa at the age of ten, his service as the slave of an officer in the British Navy, his ten years of labor on slave ships until he was able to purchase his freedom in 1766, and his life afterward as a leading and respected figure in the antislavery movement in England. It is a treatise on…
The Nigerian civil war of the late 1960s was one of the first occasions when Western consciences were awakened and deeply affronted by the level of the suffering and the scale of the atrocity being played out in the African Continent. This book which marked Frederick Forsyth's transition from journalist to author is a record of one of the most brutal conflicts the Third World has ever suffered, it has become a classic of modern war reporting. But it is more than that. It voices one man's outrage not only at the extremes of human violence, but also at the…
The Gram Code of African Adam: 450,000 Years of Africa's Lost Civilizations (Book One on Acholonu's African Adam Trilogy), Revised Edition with Ajay Prabhakar. (Catherine Acholonu's Adam Trilogy, Vol 1 in the African Adam Series) Catherine Acholonu (Author), Dr. Ajay Prabhakar (Author) Book Description Publication Date: 2009 The First in the Series of Research Discoveries dealing with Africa as the origin of civilizations. The book unlocks the Pre-Deluge stone inscriptions (Garammante Codes) of the First People. Publisher: CARC; 2nd edition (2009) ISBN-10: 9783199781 ISBN-13: 978-9783199781 ASIN: B002IG1DAA