African Identities are too often
defined for us and not by us. The call for
this anthology asked writers from the
continent and the diaspora for "innovative
short fiction that explores identity,
especially (but not limited to) the themes
of gender identity and sexuality; that looks
beyond the boundaries of expectation, into
the truest definitions of ourselves."
This powerful collection is the result.
It showcases the multiple ways in which
African writers see themselves and their
communities, and the depth, variety
and innovation of their interpretations.
From Benin to Ethiopia, from Morocco
to South Africa, the stories here reveal
uncomfortable and fascinating truths about
who we are. In a world of rising nationalism
and factionalism, of increasingly crude and
reductive notions of identity, these stories
insist on the complexity, intimacy and
interconnectedness of African identities.
Prepare to be amazed, challenged and
SSDA is one of the most successful short story organizations on the continent with all of its previous anthologies receiving significant critical acclaim.
SSDA celebrates the diversity of Africa's voices and 'tell you who we really are; what we love; love to eat, read, write about. We want to bring you the scents on our street corners, the gossip from our neighbours, let you listen to strains of the music we dance to.'
Authentic African stories offering alternative short stories, stepping away from 'the single story, a distorted, one-dimensional view of Africa that sees the continent only through a prism of war, disease, poverty, starvation and corruption.' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Danger of the Single Story.