Whilst I mainly blog kids books, activities and family life, now and then I throw in something totally different that I just had to share. And today is definitely off-beat.
The cover of The Oshun Diaries drew my eye, and it’s a captivatingly written non-fiction account of a reporter’s encounters with, and search for, a goddess and cult(ure) in Nigeria and the US. It treads that fine line between profoundly spiritual whilst still remaining highly accessible – no mean feat. I urge you to take a look (and there’s a link to win a copy below.)
I’m rather at a loss for how to describe it, so you’ll have to take a look at the opening section – are you hooked? I was!
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High priestesses are few and far between, white ones in Africa even more so. When Diane Esguerra hears of a mysterious Austrian woman worshipping the Ifa river goddess Oshun in Nigeria, her curiosity is aroused.
It is the start of an extraordinary friendship that sustains Diane through the death of her son and leads to a quest to take part in Oshun rituals. Prevented by Boko Haram from returning to Nigeria, she finds herself at Ifa shrines in Florida amid vultures, snakes, goats’ heads, machetes, a hurricane and a cigar-smoking god. Her quest steps up a gear when Beyoncé channels Oshun at the Grammys and the goddess goes global.
Mystifying, harrowing and funny, The Oshun Diaries explores the lure of Africa, the life of a remarkable woman and the appeal of the goddess as a symbol of female empowerment.
You can check out the trailer here Trailer
About the author
Diane Esguerra is an English writer and psychotherapist. For a number of years she worked as a performance artist in Britain, Europe and the United States, and she has written for theatre and television. She is the recipient of a Geneva-Europe Television Award and a Time Out Theatre Award.
She is previously the author of Junkie Buddha, the uplifting story of her journey to Peru to scatter her late son’s ashes.
She lives in Surrey with her partner David.