Compelling New Novel Unveils Different ‘Shades of Africa’

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Toko Loshe reflects own experiences through young woman’s life, growth during Apartheid years.

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Author Toko Loshe felt the need to share what life is like growing up in Africa. To do so, she pens a harrowing yet inspiring account of one woman’s journey growing up during the apartheid years. Reflecting her own story through her protagonist, Loshe is able to vividly paint a portrait that showcases the different “Shades of Africa” (published by Xlibris AU).

The story is told mainly through a child, Shirley Schreiber’s eyes as she grows up into a young woman. It is centered on her growing up in Africa during the apartheid years and through the violent disruption in Rhodesia as the country struggled for freedom and communism. The terrible impact that the Belgium Congo Revolution had over black and whites as it erupted and spilt over the borders into Northern Rhodesia, a country already in revolt with the cry of Kwacha, and the new dawn of freedom is also vividly pictured. Back dropped in such bleak years, Shirley and her family’s journey is plagued by abuse and violence.

“This book should appeal to anyone interested in knowing how it was living a life of uncertainty in Africa,” Loshe shares. “With constant friction and the history of Africa during those times, it shows why suppression of any race of individual is no longer acceptable.”

“Shades of Africa” aptly depicts the many ups and downs of the continent and its people’s fight for independence and equality. As seen through the eyes of a young woman, this insightful account lets shine the resilience of the African people and their right to earn and enjoy their hard-fought freedom.

“Shades of Africa”
By Toko Loshe
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 236 pages | ISBN 9781503503656
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 236 pages | ISBN 9781503503663
E-Book | 236 pages | ISBN 9781503503670
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Toko Loshe was born in South Africa on January 1944. The family moved to Southern Rhodesia, then Northern Rhodesia during the years that those countries were fighting for freedom and independence. Caught up in the violence and terror that evolved and the Congo Revolution spillover, they returned to South Africa the day before Zambia’s independence. Loshe now lives in Sydney with her husband, four married children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Xlibris Publishing Australia, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving Australian authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles.For more information, visit or call 1800 455 039 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisAus on Twitter for the latest news.

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