Aftershocks: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Identity by Nadia Owusu


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When Nadia Owusu was two years old her mother abandoned her and her baby sister and fled from Tanzania back to the US. When she was thirteen her beloved Ghanaian father died of cancer. She and her sister were left alone, with a stepmother they didn’t like, adrift. Nadia Owusu is a woman of many languages, homelands, and identities. She grew up in Rome, Dar-es-Salaam, Addis Ababa, Kumasi, Kampala, and London. And for every new place there was a new language, a new identity and a new home. At times she has felt stateless, motherless, and identity-less. At others, she has had multiple identities at war within her. It’s no wonder she started to feel fault lines in her sense of self. It’s no wonder that those fault lines eventually ruptured. ‘Aftershocks’ is the account of how she hauled herself out of the wreckage.

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