By Mohammed Kabir Umar
about the book
The moving story of a woman who challenges the restrictions of the life she is born into, and in so doing helps to bring about change for more than just herself. It illuminates issues which rarely appear in fiction but which structure the lives of millions of women - the legal status of Muslim women, the limitations imposed on them by traditional and religious conventions, the restrictions on their economic activities, the humiliations visited on them as a result of unquestioned male power in personal relationships. But this is not simply a social document. Full of the sights, sounds and smells of Nigeria, it engages the reader's sympathy through its believable portrayal of one remarkable contemporary woman, while skilfully evoking a parallel with the legendary 16th century Hausa warrior queen, Amina of Zazzau.
Written with the passion born of real experience, this remarkable portrayal through the eyes of a woman by a northern Nigerian man leaves the reader with hope for the future.
First published in English by Africa World Press, New Jersey, Amina has been translated into 13 languages - French, Greek, Serbian, Turkish, Arabic, Azeri, Urdu, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese and Chinese. It has been received by thousands of women and men as a book that 'tells it as it is.'
ISBN: 1 59221 404 5
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