Author: Pius Adesami/Year of publication: 2011/Where to buy: Exclusive Books, Kalahari, Loot, Take a lot/Approximate Price: R135/Pages: 246/Publishers: Penguin/Awards: Winner of the Penguin prize of African Writing
Quote: "Many have encountered questions that make you engage in the politics of identity such as, "Where are you from?" or "How do you pronounce your name?" You are not a country Africa articulates and politicizes everyday living while embracing the different identities of Africa and Africans...."
The 21st century is characterised by the disintegration of the geographical boundaries that initially constrained people and culture. Investors are trading on the New York Stock Exchange in the comfort of their homes in Eastern Cape, South Africa. There are Africans who are more passionate about the English Premier League than the English themselves. Twitter has enabled a Syrian activist to connect with a Zimbabwean strategist. So, what does it mean to be African these days? What does Africa mean to you? Pius Adesami's latest creative non-fiction flirts with such questions.
You are not a country Africa is Adesami's autobiography of ideas. It is a collection of essays which highlights the complexities of Africa and of being African. Born in Nigeria and currently working in Canada as a professor of English, Adesami writes of his physical, emotional and intellectual movements in Africa and in Euro-America as an African. His book helps one understand African culture and everyday history as well as the manifestations of modern African identities.