What Is Africa to Me? traces the late 1950s to 1968, chronicling Cond‚àö¬©‚Äö√Ñ√¥s life in S‚àö¬©kou Tour‚àö¬©‚Äö√Ñ√¥s Guinea to her time in Kwame N‚Äö√Ñ√¥Krumah‚Äö√Ñ√¥s Ghana, where she rubbed shoulders with Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Julius Nyerere, and Maya Angelou. Accusations of subversive activity resulted in Cond‚àö¬©‚Äö√Ñ√¥s deportation from Ghana. Settling down in S‚àö¬©n‚àö¬©gal, Cond‚àö¬© ended her African years with close friends in Dakar, including filmmakers, activists, and Haitian exiles, before putting down more permanent roots in Paris.
Cond‚àö¬©‚Äö√Ñ√¥s story is more than one of political upheaval, however; it is also the story of a mother raising four children as she battles steep obstacles, of a Guadeloupean seeking her identity in Africa, and of a young woman searching for her freedom and vocation as a writer. What Is Africa to Me? is a searing portrait of a literary genius‚Äö√Ñ√Æit should not be missed.
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