Bite-size Review: Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women’s Writing | Edited By Yvonne Vera

AFRIKULT.’S OVERALL RATING: 

Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women’s Writing | Edited by Yvonne Vera

A worthy and compelling collection of women’s struggles throughout the generations- from our great grandmothers to present. This gem elucidates the resilience and tenacity of the human spirit. In each story, regardless of the circumstance, each woman and girl wins on her own terms, singularly and collectively. There is no victimisation, no shaming but rather a showcase of variable strengths and quiet achievements. Exploring stories from all regions of the continent and diaspora, the collection really does open space for women to be celebrated, discussed and enamoured. Each challenge is unique, each victory is peculiar and no issue, particularly those specific to women, is overturned. These stories are brazenly hard-hitting, comical, discomforting, heart-wrenching and uplifting. It celebrates the easily forgotten and unsung heroines of everyday life. If this doesn’t convince you, then check out some of the impressive contributors:

  • Ama Ata Aidoo
  • Melissa Tandiwe Myambo
  • Lindsey Collen
  • Farida Karodia
  • Véronique Tadjo
  • Leila Aboulela
  • Gugu Ndlovu.

(Recommend 1999 Heinemann African Writers Series edition)

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