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Book Review: I Dare To Say: African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival, Edited by Hilda Twongyeirwe

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Sometimes, a book comes along that reaches out and grabs at your soul. I Dare To Say: African Women Share Their Stories of Hope and Survival, is one of those books.

Edited by Hilda Twongyeirwe through FEMRITE, The Ugandan Women Writers Association, the book features a series of short memoirs spoken by the woman of Africa. Emotionally, it took more than I expected to get through these unfathomable pieces: each story was more difficult to read than the next.

The content was riveting, but the subject matter was difficult to bear, especially as a woman of African descent. That said, I was also impressed by the honesty and amazed by the resiliency shown by these women.

I felt similarly when reading Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, which I have referenced often when referring to this book. Meant only as a compliment, I hope the author takes it as such. What I find to be profound about I Dare to Say, (similarly with the Vagina Monologues) is that behind the despair is hope and faith — important for all of us to hold on to at all moments.

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Maiah Johnson is a writer who pens the love & lifestyle blog, maiah,unedited. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Language from Connecticut College before leaving her hometown of Weston, MA for New York City. When she’s not running around NYC (in flats, not heels), she is hard at work on her first novel. She loves love, food, shopping, beautiful words, and Instagram.