I’ve always believed and harped on the fact that as Africans, we have to begin to tell empowering and more complete stories about ourselves. And also, to use more creative platforms to tell these stories, in order to be more relatable, accessible and in effect, a reach a wider audience. Watching Chimamanda Adichie’s brilliant TED Talk: The Danger of a Single Story, cemented this belief for me.
So you can just imagine my utter delight when I reconnected with a dear childhood friend, Ifeanyi Gersy Ahanotu-Ejimofo, only to find out that she’s the founder of DigitalBackBooks. She’d shared the website link on an interesting discussion thread started by the always witty, insightful and talented Chuma Nwokolo of the #Bribecode initiative. (That’s a whole other blog post for another day). Of course, I was intrigued by this digital platform, and quickly ‘rushed’ over to visit the website and saw these lines below and it was love at first read! Yes.
“Welcome to a growing selection of deliciously diverse writings from Africa and beyond.
-Your virtual library on the go;
-Hundreds of titles in the collection;
-Instant and unlimited access when online;
-Read offline via App;
-New titles added at no extra cost!”
Are you or anyone you know a lover and champion of African Literature? Then, check out this virtual library on the go! Let me just add that if you live in the diaspora, it’s an excellent way to get your kids to read and learn a bit more of their African roots. Visit the website today, check out their collection and get a subscription 🙂 : http://digitalbackbooks.com
Love, Light & Truth!
Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido
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