The acclaimed Women Writing Africa project "opens up worlds too often excluded from the history books" ("Booklist") and is an "essential resource for scholars and general readers alike" ("Library Journal"). It reveals the cultural legacy of African women in their own words, in never-before- published texts that include communal songs and lullabies, letters and speeches, poetry and fiction. Representing 20 languages and 12 countries, Volume 2 covers western Africa, where most African Americans find their roots. The collection presents an epic history of the region through the eyes of its women, from the age of African kings through colonialism and independence.
Esi Sutherland-Addy (Ph.D. Hon, Hon FCP) is senior research fellow, head of the Language, Literature, and Drama Section, Institute of African Studies, and associate director of the African Humanties Institue Program at the University of Ghana. Aminata Diaw teaches in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, where she is currently the public affairs director of the Centre for Cultural and Scientific Programs. She is also Secretary General of the Senegalese Council of Women and Chair for the subcommittee on Humanities and Social Sciences of the National Commission of UNESCO."