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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Great Women of African Descent: An Artistic Expression of the Icons by Pascaliah Omiya and Odhiambo Siangla is definitely a literary and visual feast. The subject of this book is a collection of carefully selected notable African women that have made important contributions to the world. Coming from varied backgrounds with different interests and accomplishments, it includes Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Beyoncé Knowles, Condoleezza Rice, Wangari Maathai, Whoopi Goldberg, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Speller, Serena Williams, Robyn Rihanna, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Pascaliah Omiya. Get to know these great women whose lives should serve as inspiration to everyone.
Pascaliah Omiya and Odhiambo Siangla teamed up to create Great Women of African Descent: An Artistic Expression of the Icons, a book that tries to spark a discourse on Africa, its women and challenges, and a whole lot more. Africa is a continent that is not only rich in mineral resources, it is also teeming with beautiful and talented people. And this book presents this fact in a unique way; not only with texts but also with oil portraits of accomplished African women. The result is a delightfully visual and intellectually provocative take on the much-misunderstood African culture. It is also a literary gem that should inspire women from all over the world to aim for the stars and be the best at what they do. This is a gem of a book written for Africans in particular and for any reader interested in contemporary African women in general, also for those interested in history, art and African culture. It is a delightful glimpse of the African world, its struggles, pain, joy, failures and triumphs.