Dipo Faloyin Presents Africa Is Not a Country in conversation with Abdi Iftin

 
Wednesday
September 7th
7pm

 
McNally Jackson Seaport
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A Literary Hub Most Anticipated Book of 2022

An exuberant, opinionated, stereotype-busting portrait of contemporary Africa in all its splendid diversity, by one of its leading new writers.


So often, Africa has been depicted simplistically as a uniform land of famines and safaris, poverty and strife, stripped of all nuance. In this bold and insightful book, Dipo Faloyin offers a much-needed corrective, weaving a vibrant tapestry of stories that bring to life Africa’s rich diversity, communities, and histories.

Starting with an immersive description of the lively and complex urban life of Lagos, Faloyin unearths surprising truths about many African countries’ colonial heritage and tells the story of the continent’s struggles with democracy through seven dictatorships. With biting wit, he takes on the phenomenon of the white savior complex and brings to light the damage caused by charity campaigns of the past decades, revisiting such cultural touchstones as the KONY 2012 film. Entering into the rivalries that energize the continent, Faloyin engages in the heated debate over which West African country makes the best jollof rice and describes the strange, incongruent beauty of the African Cup of Nations. With an eye toward the future promise of the continent, he explores the youth-led cultural and political movements that are defining and reimagining Africa on their own terms.

The stories Faloyin shares are by turns joyful and enraging; proud and optimistic for the future even while they unequivocally confront the obstacles systematically set in place by former colonial powers. Brimming with humor and wit, filled with political insights, and, above all, infused with a deep love for the region, Africa Is Not a Country celebrates the energy and particularity of the continent’s different cultures and communities, treating Africa with the respect it deserves.
 

 

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Dipo Faloyin is a senior editor at VICE, where he focuses on race, culture, and identity around the world. His writing has appeared in Dazed, Prospect, and HuffPost. Born in Chicago, raised in Lagos, he now lives in London.

 

 

 

 

 

Abdi Iftin is an award-winning author and a gifted speaker who lives in Yarmouth, Maine. His memoir, Call Me American, includes stories about growing up in war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, fleeing to Kenya, and eventually winning entrance to the U.S. in the annual visa lottery. He is a Boston College graduate and currently works with a national nonprofit that resettles refugees and advocates for the rights of immigrants and people seeking asylum in the United States. He is also the Maine Public News Somali reporter and also writes weekly columns for The Forecaster and the Portland Press Herald. Abdi’s memoir won Maine’s Lupine Award and the Jennie McLaughlin Award for Lifelong Learning given by the Kingston Public Library in Massachusetts and the Kingston Council on Aging. Abdi is currently working on a television series for his book.

 


 

 

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