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Biography & Autobiography African American & Black

I Am Because We Are

An African Mother’s Fight for the Soul of a Nation

by (author) Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr

Publisher
House of Anansi Press Inc
Initial publish date
Jan 2022
Category
African American & Black, Personal Memoirs, Social Activists
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487009649
    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price
    $11.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487009632
    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price
    $22.99
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781487011536
    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
    $34.99
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781487011529
    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
    $34.99

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Description

In this innovative and intimate memoir, a daughter tells the story of her mother, a pan-African hero who faced down misogyny and battled corruption in Nigeria. 

Inspired by the African philosophy of Ubuntu — the importance of community over the individual — and outraged by injustice, Dora Akunyili took on fraudulent drug manufacturers whose products killed millions, including her sister.

A woman in a man’s world, she was elected and became a cabinet minister, but she had to deal with political manoeuvrings, death threats, and an assassination attempt for defending the voiceless. She suffered for it, as did her marriage and six children. 

I Am Because We Are illuminates the role of kinship, family, and the individual’s place in society, while revealing a life of courage, how community shaped it, and the web of humanity that binds us all.

About the author

CHIDIOGO AKUNYILI-PARR is a Nigerian Canadian author, speaker, and consultant with a passion for human development and connection. She is the founder of She ROARs, an organization committed to coaching women of colour around the world to connect to their intuition and purpose. Her work is focused on harnessing the power of our interdependence with a foundation in the humanist African philosophy of Ubuntu, which celebrates our shared humanity. Chidiogo has lived and worked across four continents and speaks seven languages, including Mandarin, German, Spanish, and French, allowing for an even deeper connection with people. She led the growth and impact of the Global Shapers Community across Africa and the Middle East. 

 

Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr's profile page

Editorial Reviews

I Am Because We Are is an engaging family story with enough twists and turns to keep readers motivated to continue to the last page.

Winnipeg Free Press