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Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo
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Sankofa

A Novel

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Narrator Sara Powell
Length 9 hours 2 minutes
Language English
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The exhilarating story of a mixed-race woman who goes in search of the African father she never knew.

After years of being a daughter, a wife, and a mother, Anna finally has the time to wonder who she really is. But the only person who can tell her—her mother, the only parent who raised her—is dead.

Searching through her mother's belongings one day, Anna uncovers a few clues about her father, whom she never knew. Student diaries chronicle his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London, involvement that eventually led him to return to Africa, where he became the president—some would say dictator—of a small nation in West Africa. And he is still alive.

When Anna decides to track her father down, a journey begins that is disarmingly moving, funny, and fascinating. It raises universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for a family's hidden roots. Masterful in its examination of freedom, prejudice, and personal and public inheritance, Sankofa is a story for anyone who has ever gone looking for a clear identity or home and found something more complex in its place.

Chibundu Onuzo was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and lives in London. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and regular contributor to the Guardian, she is the winner of a Betty Trask Award, has been short-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Commonwealth Book Prize, and the RSL Encore Award, and has been long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize and Etisalat Prize for Literature. Sankofa is her third novel.

Born in Jamaica, Sara Powell is an accomplished stage, television, and film actress. Her credits include Last Christmas, Holby Blue, and Vanity Fair.

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"Sara Powell gives a vivid and nuanced performance in this character-driven novel. Anna is a middle-aged Black British woman who discovers that the father she never knew became the president of a small West African country. In the midst of a divorce and feeling unsettled, she sets out to meet him. Powell excels at a range of West African and British accents, and her portrayals of the two main characters are especially sharp. She voices Anna with the perfect mix of confidence and longing. Anna's interest in her father is spurred by her discovery of his old journals, which Powell reads with a youthful energy that starkly contrasts with the smooth, refined voice he has when Anna finally meets him. A beautifully immersive and enlivening listen." ---AudioFile Expand reviews