African Love Stories – an anthology


ISBN: 978-0-9547023-6-6

Author: Editor Ama Ata Aidoo


This anthology is a collection of contemporary love stories by African women. The collection combines the tentative freshness of budding writers with the confidence of established and award winning authors from Africa and the African Diaspora.

The collection is a radical departure from conventional anthologies and the theme of love is aimed at dedunking preconceived notions about African women as impoverished victims whilst showing their strength, complexity and diversity.

The stories deal with a range of challenging themes including taboo subjects such as same-sex relationships, domestic violence, female circumcision and ageism to produce a melting pot of narratives from interesting and informed perspectives.

Contributors include Sindiwe Magona and Antjie Krog from South Africa, Véronique Tadjo from Cote d’Ivoire, Leila Aboulela from the Sudan, Nawal El Saadawi from Egypt, Helen Oyeyemi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sarah Manyika, Sefi Atta and Promise Ogochukwu from Nigeria, Yaba Badoe from Ghana, Wangui wa Goro from Kenya and Doreen Baingana from Uganda.

Key Selling Points
• The collection is edited by Ama Ata Aidoo – one of Africa’s most formidable and respected writers of today.
• Would appeal to students and academics on Gender Studies courses on Africa and the Diaspora.
• Would appeal to the ordinary reader interested in contemporary love stories by African women.
• The collection will be a valuable addition to reading lists for Feminist courses on African Studies & Postcolonial Literature programmes.