A novel, also a philosophical tale in which destiny entraps the innocent protagonist and holds him fast A man s life is ruined when he is unjustly accused of adultery.
This collection of Edo or Benin folk tales is an oral history of Edo culture and tradition It tells the story of how the ancient Edo conceived of the world and how they attempted both to explain the origins of their human existence on earth and to interpret their environment.
This is a travel book about Dahomey Benin an inhospitable country in Africa where corruption is rife and where Catholicism shares a place with Gri Gri, the local Voodoo The muslim north of the country is arid and tough, whereas the south is colourful, sophisticated and artistic The countryside
In 1812, Francisco Manoel da Silva, escaping a life of poverty in Brazil, sailed to the African kingdom of Dahomey, determined to make his fortune in the slave trade Armed with nothing but an iron will, he became a man of substance in Ouidah and the founder of a remarkable dynasty His one remainin
From the author of the national bestseller A Small Death in Lisbon and The Company of Strangers comes Wilson s compelling first novel, never before available in the United States Bruce Medway s existence as a fixer and troubleshooter had been tough, but never life threatening until he crossed p
This is a book for both young and old lovers of folklore Why Monkeys Live in Trees and Other Stories from Benin is a rich tapestry of oral tales that come from a wide range of Beninese ethnic groups They include trickster tales and sacred tales involving the greatest and meanest of mankind, as wel
A collection of nineteen folk stories from the Fon people of Benin, about orphans and twins with magical associations, spirits, animals, royalty, and farmers.
With wry humour and a deft touch, Butterfly Fish, the outstanding first novel by a stunning new writer, is a work of elegant and captivating storytelling A dual narrative set in contemporary London and 18th century Benin in Africa, the book traverses the realms of magic realism with luminous style
The story of 19th century West African Agotime, the daughter of a Mall priest, captured by the King of Dahomey and made one of his queens Their son is chosen by the oracles as successor, but upon the king s death he flees into the jungle and Agotime is sold into slavery Before she leaves, Agotime
This is a rare achievement translation of contemporary francophone African literature into English, and published within Africa, with the aim of promoting greater understanding and links across the continent The impetus came from the focus on francophone Africa at the Zimbabwe International Book F
Grammy Award winning singer Ang lique Kidjo is known for her electrifying voice and fearless advocacy work In this intimate memoir, she reveals how she escaped Communist Africa to make her dreams a reality, and how she s prompting others all around the world to reach for theirs as well n nBorn in th
Amelia, daughter of the last independent King of Danhome, King Gbehanzin, is the apple of her father s eye, loved beyond measure by her mother, and overprotected by her siblings She searches for her place within the palace amidst conspirators and traitors to the Kingdom Just when Amelia begins to
When Gods Bleed takes you into the world surrounding three kings in the year 1496 at West Africa The first balancing tradition and politics to stabilize a kingdom and remain in power, the second wrestling sacrifice and destiny to rule a kingdom and the third, observing the change of a nation by par
Dada Segbo, the first king of Dahomey, wants a bride He can afford the finest gifts to bestow upon her family, but he prefers not to part with any of his wealth So he offers only one cowry shell How can he find a worthy bride for such a pittance I will find the king a wife for only one cowry , p