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This review is from: Diary of a Lost Girl: The Autobiography of Kola Boof (Kindle Edition)
Before I start this review, let me say I am a white female, well into my fifth decade and despite some rough times in my early adult years and a slightly rocky patch more recently, I have had on balance what can only be considered a priviledged life.
By all comparisons, Kola Boof has experienced far greater privations than most of us can imagine. And yet she is not a victim - she is overwhelmingly a surviver, and is determined that her beloved Sudan will also survive. She also desperately wants to raise the worth of black people - especially women - in global society.
This book is far more than an autobiography of one woman's struggles. It tells the story of the plight of a nation and the potential dilution of black African genetics and culture by political design, to the point of eradication. It is a book full of great insight and Ms Boof isn't affraid to offend, if it means getting her point across. She is brave and bold in her tackling of a subject many would fear to even begin to broach.
And all that in the face of public denial of her very existance, with the irony of the acceptance of her existance only begin admitted, when a fatwah was put on her. Kola says she is not a strong woman, maybe not, but she is tenatious, bold and despite all that has happened to her, she has never allowed herself to be a victim, maintaining a very solid sense of self and of belonging to her Sudanese origins and ancestors.
One cannot help but be moved by her instructions to her sons at the end of this book and admire how she voices her objections to manmade religions - i.e. made by men, the male of the species - which greatly devalue the female. The 'Scrapbooks' at the end of the book are also interesting and give a little more insight into who Kola Boof is.
This book is powerful and gives plenty of food for thought here. It's gone straight into my 'To Re-read' collection on my Kindle. It is a shame in some ways, that it is the Bin Laden connection that brings many to read this book - myself included - but this is definitely a book everyone should read, so I guess it doesn't matter what brings you to read it, as long as you do.