This is the beautiful story about the father of Nadifa Mohammed. She paints the early childhood of her father in Aden, where he lived with his mother.

When has mother passed away he sets of in search of his father who went to the continent of Africa to find a job. He travels in his footsteps, but he does not find him. He travels through Eritrea, Ethiopia, Egypt and Israel and finally he reaches England. The small boy that travelled with his temporary friends through the sands, by lorries and by trains, by foot for many miles and sailing by seamiles.

The journey takes place before, during and after the second world war. This war had a big impact on the territory through which Jama travelled.

This book is a beautiful hymn by his daughter.

 Nadifa Mohamed – Black Mamba Boy – London 2010


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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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