A Book Many Lessons: A work from Ahmadou Kourouma

A work from Ahmadou Kourouma Ahmadou Kourouma is an Ivorian writer and political activist. Quand on refuse on dit non (When We Refuse We Say No) is the first book I have read from him and it will not be my last. This book is truly influential, throughout conveying part of the history of Ivory Coast and its people, it forced me to consider key questions in regards to history. What is really history? How history is shaped? What should I consider as history and why learning my ancestor’s history is fundamental on a personal level? The book touches on many things but what most certainly caught my attention is the idea that our sense of identity can be fragmented and […]

A Book Many Lessons: A Work From Fatou Diome

A Book Many Lessons: A Work From Fatou Diome     This book is one of the best things I have read in a long time. Fatou Diome is a Senegalese-French writer, “Le Ventre de l’Atlantique” (translated as “The Belly of the Atlantic”) is her first novel where she explores with humility and humour, the story of a bold Senegalese- French writer navigating throughout her own identity challenges as an African- European and her  relationship with her brother still in Senegal  but dreaming of coming to France. The story resonated with me in so many instances and concretely help me deepen my journey to self-acceptance. This book enabled me to understands the importance of reading content that matches your reality, […]

A Book Many Lessons: Desert Dawn by Waris Dirie

A Book Many Lessons: Desert Dawn by Waris Dirie   I watched the film adaptation of the book, Desert Flower, years ago as a teen. It is a work of art about the odyssey of Somalian model and activist Waris Dirie, who is tackling the issue of female genital mutilation. So, while I was randomly sitting in this library-café on a Sunday, I find myself right in front of, Desert Dawn, her second book and I knew I should give it a try. I did not remember all the details of the movie yet I did not forget how it made me feel – totally in control. Indeed, even though the account of her story was completely different from mine especially as […]

A Book Many Lessons: The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success

A Book Many Lessons: The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success Are you looking for a short yet powerful book to read? The kind of book that you can pick up every time you need a boost of energy and that is easy to go through? Then, I highly recommend The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. It is concise, straight to the point and extremely useful. Moreover, it is filled with practical exercises to apply and adapt to your circumstances. I read it a while ago, but I always go back to some chapters when I feel disconnected from life and in need of inspiration. It is a classic that successfully mingles power, simplicity and practicality. What are we talking about? The Seven Spiritual Laws Of Success focus on the concept of spiritual […]