Africa Speaks:

West African University Students Write About Their Lives



University of Niamey, Niger, 1992 . . . Related Sites. . . . Contents

 "Africa Speaks" is a collection of essays and stories by Nigerien university students, about growing up and living in West Africa on the fault line between traditional and western cultures. Topics include childhood; natural and manmade disasters; magic and belief, customs and rituals; love, courtship, marriage and divorce; family life; rural vs. urban living; politics and public issues; education; heritage; being an outsider.
The texts were written in 1990-92 at the University of Niamey, Niger Republic, in classes taught by Patricia Stoll, Fulbright Professor of Writing and Literature. They provide unique and authentic insights into the lives of young Africans. Rather than being described and defined by others, the young people speak for themselves.

Contents: Education 1 . . . Education 2 . . . Education 3 . . .Childhood 1 . . . Childhood 2 . . .
Marriage 1 . . . Marriage 2 . . . .Marriage 3 . . . Customs 1 . . . Customs 2 .. . Family1 ... Magic and Belief 1     Magic and Belief 2   Teaching . .Politics 1  Martyrs 1 . . .
Town and Country     Town and Country 2. . . Trouble 1 . . . Heritage. . .Letters Home . . .Life Stories 1. . . Life Stories 2    Outsiders  


Also visit the IntroductionCurriculum Vitae Related Sites . . . and the photo galleries Gallery1. . . Gallery2 . . . Gallery3 . . Gallery4  . .Gallery5. . . Gallery6 . . . Gallery7
. . . Patricia Stoll home page. . . and a virtual writing workshop Storyarts . . .

Throughout "Africa Speaks" you will find "thumbnail" photos of people and places in Niger republic. Click on the small photo to see a fullsize picture. All photos are by Patricia Stoll unless otherwise indicated.
 "Africa Speaks" is copyrighted 1998. Stories are printed here by permission of the authors, who retain copyright. All texts collected and edited by Patricia Stoll, Fulbright Professor of Creative Writing, University of Niamey, 1990-92.
For permission to reprint the texts and photos contact Patricia Stoll . . . send an email message
Permission to reprint is free to educational and non-commercial users. Patricia Stoll and the individual authors must be cited. This project was made possible by the generous support of the Fulbright association.

Related Sites:


Fulbright Scholar Program.
Mailing address:
USIA Fulbright Scholar Program
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
3007 Tilden Street NW Suite 5M
Washington DC 20008
Tel 202-686-7877 cies1@ciesnet.cies.org

Storyarts . . . Useful and active site about writing. An on-line writing workshop, virtual community of writers. Good links!

 Washington Post Africa Service
  African Studies Quarterly on-line magazine

For more information write or email:
Editorial Committee
African Studies Quarterly
Center for African Studies
427 Grinter Hall
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-2183
asq@africa.ufl.edu

 African Studies WWW (University of Pennsylvania)

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