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    • 978-1-03-918186-1
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    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 276 pages
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    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 276 pages
  • Keywords
    • Nigerian stories,
    • Nigerian culture and tradition,
    • Nigerian legends,
    • Intracultural prejudice,
    • Women's rights,
    • Mermaid legend,
    • Family life Nigeria

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Raise Me Up
by Delia J. Nzekwu

Set within the cultural and geographical framework of Nigeria, Kunim: Raise Me Up is a collection of not-so-short stories that examine universal themes, such as discrimination and familial discord, as well as culturally specific biases, beliefs, and traditions, as it takes its readers on three very distinct but equally enlightening journeys. In “Fate,” two young, motherless sisters are forced to navigate the often-tumultuous waters of intra-cultural stereotyping and discrimination while their father is away on business. “Shadows” tells the story of a young Nigerian businessman, currently living in the United States, who returns to his home village and falls for a beautiful young woman whose mysterious nature has him rethinking everything he’d thought he understood about himself, the world, and the nature of the supernatural. And finally, in “Eyes that Speak,” a young girl whose parents perpetually keep themselves too busy to even notice her, let alone the unravelling of their own marriage, is feeling disconnected, alone, and fed up with the world until an unexpected kindness from a supposed adversary changes absolutely everything (though perhaps not for the better). Whether the Nigerian culture is your own, familiar to your own, or nothing like your own, the heart of this collection is the universality of the themes, shining a light into the depth of mankind’s complicated nature and how we cope with living as disparate collections of individuals among the larger multitudes, juggling cultural traditions, expectations, and our own instinctive need to belong.

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Author and former journalist Delia J. Nzekwu has been active in the world of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for many years and in several countries, including as a lecturer in Politics at Wits University, South Africa, Director General at the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, DEI advisor and Co-Chair for a non-profit organisation in Edmonton and as a consultant at CCDI Consulting, a subsidiary of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. Her fascination with the subject matter was strongly reflected in her PhD research which examined apartheid and black economic empowerment in South Africa. As such, it is only natural that she would opt to pair this interest with the writing skills she honed while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, in English and Literature, hoping to create stories that move her readers, even while enlightening them on issues relating to cultural and racial biases. Nzekwu currently lives in Edmonton, where she enjoys, reading, music, meditation, long walks, and the cinema.


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