Osiris Rising, Ayi Kwei Armah’s sixth novel, is structured after Africa’s oldest narrative, the Isis-Osiris myth cycle. Traveling to Africa on a search for lifework and love, Ast, a scholar that is an African from America, gets immersed in history as living continuity. In a pillaged society where slaveraiders’ heirs masquerade as aid donors, and colonies are disguised as nations, Ast still finds her home in a quiet community working to bring the continent’s people together. The love of friends focused on the making of an African future absorbs her pained consciousness of a world destroyed.
This is defiantly a must read! We also have to say that Ayi Kwei’s character Ras Jomo Cinque Equiano was a trip. How many of us have bumped into this type of cultural nationalist/négritude promoting scum when we embarked on our journey to engage in conscientization for the liberation of Africa? Just get the book and you will see.