Author Knits a Nation’s Tales and Tradition into a Sublime Collection

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Thrills and nuggets of wisdom, big and small, can be found page after page in this masterfully compiled piece by Chisiya.

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A dose of jaunty prose and full-colored illustrations make up author Chisiya’s latest literary oeuvre for children (and even adults). Knitting the nation’s traditional stories into a sublime collection, Chisiya stays true to his culture by passing on the almost-forgotten tales, both the convivial and the poignant, in "Afrikan Lullaby."

African folktales, quizzes and proverbs as traditionally told by the Ndau people of Southern Africa, are housed in "Afrikan Lullaby." These stories are typically told to the youngsters by a grandmother during the evenings. Through this oral medium from one generation to another, the people’s critical cultural upbringing is given form resulting to the morals, value systems, and way of life of today’s African societies. The stories told to children from an early age each has a moral teaching or is built around some ancient African “words of wisdom.”

Whilst the author was studying in England and starting a family at the same time, he initially wrote "Afrikan Lullaby" for his children. Consequently, the stories got popular with friends and Chisiya was later on asked to produce his grandmothers’ folktales to school in the Sheffield Education Department. Chisiya was hosted by Ellesmere and Pye Bank First schools in Sheffield, where the children would make illustrations about the stories. These original children’s drawings have been used in the production of this delightfully compiled picture book.

Readers should make room for Afrikan Lullaby in their bookshelves. Thrills and nuggets of wisdom, big and small, can be found page after page in this masterfully compiled piece by Chisiya.

Afrikan Lullaby was first published in 1986 as limited edition; and this is an enhanced world-wide re-publication. This book will be featured at the 2012 American Library Association Annual Book Exhibit in Anaheim, Calif. on June 22-25, 2012.

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About the Author
Jefrey Chisiya cho-Mukonto III (Kutchwa-Dube) was born on September 18, 1960 in Muzite village, Chipinge District, Zimbabwe. He attended Muzite Primary School from 1968 to 1974, and secondary education at Mt. Silinda (Chirinda) Institute from 1975 to 1978. Chisiya arrived in England in 1979 for further studies and went on to obtain his Bsc (Hons) in Electronic Systems and Control Engineering at Sheffield-Hallam University from 1981 to 1985. He was Public Relations and Publicity Officer of the African-Caribbean Society at the university. Chisiya returned to Zimbabwe in 1986 and worked as a Plant Engineer until 1994 when he moved to South Africa where he worked as a Logistics Manager (after obtaining a distance learning MBA from Herriot-Watt University – Scotland). His last corporate role was as Supply Chain Director for Southern Africa of a French-based multi-national company. He retired from the corporate world in 2009, to take up consulting, writing and farming.
Afrikan Lullaby * by Chisiya
Folk Tales From Zimbabwe
Publication Date: April 26, 2012
E-Book; £3.99; 978-1-4691-7176-0
Picture Book; £18.99; 56 pages; 978-1-4691-7174-6
Picture Book Hardcover; £28.99; 56 pages; 978-1-4691-7175-3
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