Diary of a Lost Girl: The Autobiography of Kola Boof Hardcover – 1 Feb 2006
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Kola Boof is a wonderful and HONEST writer. This is really one of the most passionate and honest memoirs I have read. She writes of her childhood growing up Muslim in Sudan-- the child of a Sudanese and an Egyptian. She shares her memories of her parents' love and her parents' murder. She shares her pain at being subsequently abandoned by her grandmother. Of the horrors she saw perpetuated by Muslim Arabs.
It's really an incredible book. Kola Boof's story is more of a testament to her life and her life's calling-- which is to educate the public about Islam and Islam's aim for Islamic rule and a return to the Caliphate. The author has seen unbelievable evil including rape, murder, beatings, theft. She talks about the slaves that the Muslims kept (her father was unhappy about this and spoke out-- that's why he was killed). She shares all of this with the reader eloquently and passionately. She will not be silenced.
Kola has denounced Islam and considers herself an African Woman and believes in "the Goddess". She is a feminist. However, because she criticizes Islam, she has been virtually ignored by the press and ignored by the Democratic party, although she is definitely a liberal democrat herself. The author points out the hypocrisy today within the Democratic party and the party's hypocritical tolerance for those who are intolerant of all, while being intolerant of those who just wish to speak the truth, share their stories, and share their information. This book is for EVERYONE, however.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
It is not a book to read superficially, that's for sure. One needs an open mind, a willingness not to judge (and sometimes it is not easy!) and well, even the strength to stand up to some of her statements.
I appreciate her sincerity and I agree with many things she says, e.g. about Islam, about the rolw of women in Africa, about the slow denigration of African American identity. Only a very ignorant person could not see all this, as it transcends ethnicity.
She is also qualified to say these things out of her experiences, she is right to show where Westerners are patronising and ignorant towards Africa, she is right to talk about affirmation of black culture - there is no good coming from playing one's qualities down all the time.
However, I take exception with the constant berating of white women and the constant reference to the "lessening" of the African race if mixed with non-blacks. It seems like there is a massive inferiority complex at play here.
I am a white woman and my self-worth does not depend in the least on berating a black woman. I know what I am worth, full stop. It seems on the other hand that Kola Boof's self-worth depends on talking badly about white women, on repeating page after page how much better she is as an African mother, who has nappy hair and can bare her breasts. Big deal.
The fact is that most white women couldn't care less about this confrontational stance, they just go on about their life, maybe this is what grates so much as to have to repeat the "white women are bit**es" concept over and over again.Read more ›
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Kola Boof's autobiography pulls you into her world effortlessly. The undercurrent of melancholy in the book makes her story all the more tragic. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2014 by Hoover