As a major origin of emigrants to the western hemisphere, the African continent has seen its share of both forced and volunteer emigration. During the second immigration phase of the African diaspora, most Africans viewed the West as a place of opportunity, where an education could be obtained to assist in political and economic advancement in their homelands. However, the sense of optimism that accompanied the new immigrants soon waned as their hope for the eventual voyage home dimmed: deteriorating economic conditions and political instability created by the aftermath of colonization ensured not only permanent exile from their native lands, but also the arrival of millions of others fleeing the same economic hardships, and in many instances, political instability. This anthology of poems and personal narratives by writers from Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zimbabwe will make readers laugh, cry, smile, and wonder at the life of the immigrant. This collection reflects the blend and clash of cultures, and the pain and triumphs. Residing in various parts of the world, the United States, Netherlands, Wales, Britain, France, and Qatar, these writers give voice to the deep, but often forgotten salient effects of immigration on the African people who have left their family, community, and land of origin. These texts are their journeys home.
- Publisher : Africa World Press, Inc.; Edition Unstated (September 22, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 182 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1592217133
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592217137
- Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.35 x 0.51 x 8.46 inches