“Voices That Sing Behind The Veil: Anthology of Short Stories from Africa and the Diaspora”. It was edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah and has been launched in some countries in Africa. Interestingly, it contains fifty-six (56) stories from across 15 countries in Africa, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean, and the United States.
There are currently few books (if any) that present African folklore, as well as this book. The compilation is cohesive and leaves almost no room for criticism. They tactfully draw attention to vital socio-cultural concerns that we face today. The ‘voices’ talk about African history and contemporary lifestyle, making bare the significant changes that have occurred over time. How has religion changed and how has it affected the way we live?
Also, it is worth noting that the stories in this book are both disconcerting as much as they are entertaining. There are stories of mental issues that reveal how we take important things for granted, stories of love, and challenges. These stories from different parts of Africa go a long way to show that Africans are related in one way or the other. The ‘voices that sing behind the veil’ call out to nations to see how uniting to work towards a common cause is truly the way to channel destiny.
Therefore, we encourage you to give this book a read if you love stories from Africa and other countries. Every true African will relate to the stories written in this novel. Consequently, we will find reasons to either drop some characters that mar our existence or pick up new traits that make us better humans.
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