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ANGELINA & ADUT AND THEIR MULTICULRUAL TRIFLES - A NOVEL
 
 
 
Raising children is hard. Raising children in a multicultural society where cultures don’t understand one another is harder. But raising an inquisitive and precocious child in a multicultural setting is the hardest of all.
This is what Angelina and her friend, Adut, would become to their parents. Anyone who meets Angelina asks the same question: where does she get such a skewed understanding of diversity issues? Since her best friend, Adut, is South Sudanese, it then becomes easy to assume that Adut’s family is the source of Angelina racial dispositions.
 
As the Michaels try to understand the challenges of parenting in Montreal and the uneasiness of discussing racial issues, Jacqueline loses her memory in a car accident; Norton, Angelina’s tutor, dies in a mysterious car accident; Adut is threatened with expulsion from the school after a fight; and Adut’s family gets shadowy visits from police officers.
 
Is Angelina’s obsession with diversity and racial issues the cause of the family woes?  BUY HERE
 
 
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SOUTH SUDAN: THE DYING OPTIMIST IN ME (POLITICAL ESSAYS: 2004 -2013)
 
This is a collection of political essays that spans a period of more than ten years going back to a few years before the Sudanese comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) was signed.
 
These essays are not only about what the author has been writing about in a consistent manner, they also illuminate how leadership and power have been exercised since the CPA was signed in Kenya in 2005. Issues that were regarded as insignificant, became the very destructive problems that would push South Sudan into the proverbial rabbit hole in December of 2013.
 
Since the author is a nonpartisan writer, the essays are a good snapshot of a voice that’s outside the South Sudanese political system, but at the same time a South Sudanese with an insightful knowledge of the South Sudanese political history and culture.  BUY IT HERE

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IS 'BLACK' REALLY BEAUTIFUL?

SYNOPSIS

Is 'Black' Really Beautiful? presents a racially decentered discourse on race, racism and color. It maintains that who people are 'ontically' speaking, and the color that has been used to describe them aren't one and the same. In other words, Blackness in itself isn't Africanness; and Whiteness isn't Europeanness.

So how a group of people is racially described should be taken with moral priority because descriptions affect the social consciousness, racial reflexivity, and moral standing of such a group of people in inter-racial and inter-cultural interactions and discourses. So any given racial description should be judged against a moral gauge or meter to ascertain its societal value. So far, how the African Personhood is described fails all the moral requirements of a decent and civil regard.

This new ontological discourse is meant to socio-intellectually humble European socio-intellectual hegemony, and make the African Personhood worth positive pedagogy and hermeneutic.


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SOUTH SUDAN IDEOLOGICALLY



SYNOPSIS


South Sudan Ideologically presents South Sudanese historical events and prominent ideologies with amplified African-ness. The book gives African liberation voices, especially the chiefs and leaders of 1947 Juba Conference, the respect they deserve.

The author castigates African Sudanese but presents them as dignified people whose traditional democracy and methodical problem solving ways have been hellenized and the people projected as uncultured and uncivilized. The book therefore presents a flawed yet dignified and uniquely civilized humanity. The rejection of the parochial Arabic and European understanding of civilization marks the tone of the book.

Many scholars, foreigners and South Sudanese alike, have written extensively about South Sudan. However, these books present the events and affecting ideologies in an unhelpful manner. Some South Sudan scholars present ideologies and events in a manner that respects their partisan and tribal point of view. Yet others present issues with European lenses. Foreign scholars, who’ve written about South Sudan, have some hidden condescending undertone.

These books therefore do no justice to the ingenious and wise traditional African ways in history, during 1947 Juba conference and to the present. This is where South Sudan Ideologically comes in.


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THE PIPERS AND THE FIRST PHASE -  A NOVEL


SYNOPSIS

Little Michael, Christopher Fox and Isaac Burns don’t know that their paths will cross and their lives changed in a cruel manner that sees them through the intricate web of Africa’s political heartache, manifested in a well-orchestrated coup attempt in the African country of Sivals. Little witnesses an overnight success of his business only to see the building burnt down in a calculated sabotage. Chris sees his life changed from prominence to near pauperism.

Isaac Burns thinks, with blunt self-righteousness, that his philanthropic work is enough an effort to win the hearts of his fellow countrymen in Panda, and the whole of the African continent. He’d soon learn the bitter reality of his capitalist life.

The problem though is the three men don’t know that someone is watching every single step they take in their lives. Will they learn the bitter truth?

The truth will first taste bitter before the end of their nightmares.

The Pipers, a politically-charged group that infiltrates governments and multinational corporations and forces them to help the poor, has marked the three men for a real life’s experimental cruelty.

Isaac Burns is shown the bitter reality of corruption, greed and political blackmail, which is aided by his investments. Innocent civilians are being ruthlessly displaced from their villages in South Sudan around oil fields without compensation. It’s Isaac’s investment in play. Only The Pipers will show Mr. Burns that wealth acquisition shouldn’t be a poor people’s livelihood antithesis.

Little Michael’s teenage drugs involvement lands him in jail only to meet big black men with radical, infectious Pan-Africanism. His leaving jail, he doesn’t know, is only the beginning of his African adventure that will see him hate his African brothers before he realizes the truth of his Africanism.

Christopher Fox sees his life soar only to crumble in a flash. He’s brought back to the company of his high school buddy, Little, and Isaac, the CEO of the company in which he mysteriously lost his job. Chris is thrown into an orchestrated poverty meant to make him experience how it feels to be a poor, taken-for-granted African man.

The three men involuntarily descend on Africa in a political roller coaster. It’ll be a test of power-players’ humanity, emotive elasticity, and the extent of human greed and political and economic opportunism.

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SELF-ESTEEM AND DISCRIMINATION

As someone who grew up in war conditions and lived as a refugee for a long time, I'm sometimes considered by many people in the 'west' to be prone to (or have) low self-esteem, be poor or illiterate. Living as refugees or displaced persons, who depended on the good will of others put people in a situation where they don't think much about themselves. But that's not everyone though.

As I stood by our front desk at my place work talking about Race and Identity in relation to my book, Is 'Black' Really Beautiful?, the issue of why many African peoples in North America become so over-sensitive when racial issues come up! For many rational people, this owes its origin to slavery and racial segregation.

But one of my coworkers, a person of European descent, was surprised to realize that her 'black' friend, a very intelligent woman, easily becomes irritated by simple things she [friend] considers racist. The friend considers any mention of a watermelon racist; and complains a lot about 'white privilege.' This means that discrimination is considered something 'whites' don't face because of 'white privilege.' In any discussion between 'blacks' and 'whites', 'white privilege' issue comes up!