A Shadow in the Sun
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About The Book
Sifa and Imani are two women wrestling with complex discourses in an age of contending modernities. Their lives portray emerging challenges that underpin the intersection of secular and religious or legal forces to shape the conceptualization of right and wrong.
Sifa and Imani are on a path to fulfill their destinies; to exercise their artistic right to create and benefit from creative works. However, their lived lives propel them along a collision path with an elder society with deeply entrenched practices that sanction what behavior is permissible in both private and public sphere. Will they be allowed to live however they wish? How will they navigate the difficult terrain of predetermined normativity to craft the life they desire? A Shadow in the Sun explores these question through the experiences of these women to show how modernity poses difficult questions that are not amenable to any easy solutions.
I don’t think I was born a woman, whatever that means to you. I believe you made me a woman because you wanted one. You and Dad. You molded my life in the image you preferred and introduced me to the world in that image. You dressed me as you imagined a woman would wear. You nurtured me as your mother did for you. You unconsciously, perhaps deliberately, participated in a patriarchal process of assigning my body to an already constituted classification. You wanted me to fit into a straight jacket.
We cannot live as if the world is immutable. We must accept change. That is the way of life. We lie to ourselves if we keep thinking that because most people believe in God, we have achieved a kind of stability. There is no such thing as stability of thought or belief. Frankly, nobody is immune to change.
Et harum quidem rerum facilis est et expedita distinctio. Nam libero tempore, cum soluta nobis est eligendi optio cumque nihil impedit quo minus id quod maxime placeat facere possimus.
Nam libero tempore, cum soluta nobis est eligendi optio cumque nihil impedit quo minus id quod maxime placeat facere possimus.
About the author.
Vincent R. Ogoti is a Kenyan writer, Research Scholar of Culture, History, and Peacebuilding.
He is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). He holds a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, a postgraduate diploma in mass communication, and a bachelor’s degree in education, literature, and linguistics from the University of Nairobi. He has also studied English and African Studies (coursework) at Yale University where he was a Fulbright scholar at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. he worked as an editor with Longhorn, a leading publishing house in eastern Africa, to develop educational content for schools in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Malawi. He has edited many creative books some of which have won prestigious literary prizes such as Burt Award for African Literature.