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Journeys from Africa

Curated by Nana-Ama Danquah


About the Curator
Nana-Ama Danquah is a Ghanaian-American writer, editor, journalist and public speaker. Her groundbreaking memoir, “Willow Weep for Me” was hailed by critics. She has edited several anthologies addressing immigration and the Black experience.

About the Folio

Since the beginning of time, migration has been an essential part of the human experience. People have journeyed from home for myriad reasons: to forage and hunt for food, escape inclement weather and harsh environmental circumstances, trade goods and services, explore and, of course, to create a better life. This Folio follows six African authors, of fiction and nonfiction, across borders and over seas as they attempt to embrace a new life in their newly adopted homeland, the United States of America.

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Aftershocks

Aftershocks

By Nadia Owusu
The day seven-year-old Nadia has an unexpected outing with her estranged mother, she hears a news story about a devastating earthquake in Armenia, her mother’s ancestral land. Nadia uses a picture taken with her mother during the visit for show-and-tell at school, where she is one of only two Black students; this prompts a classmate to wonder aloud why Nadia, who is also half-Ghanaian, and her mother are different colors. Later, when the teacher asks a distraught Nadia what is wrong, she says she is afraid of the aftershocks. In this powerful memoir, we learn about the major fissures that have occurred in Nadia Owusu’s life—which, until her move to America for college, was spent in Tanzania, Italy, England, Uganda, and Ethiopia—and the resulting trauma, which she must navigate in order to build a future on solid ground. Nadia Owusu’s writing is beautiful, wonderfully and, sometimes, achingly so.

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