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Abyssinian Nomad: An African Woman’s Journey of Love, Loss, and Adventure from Cape to Cairo

An African Woman’s journey of love, loss and adventure from Cape to Cairo. What does it really take to know oneself? To fully realize one’s life dream? A lifetime perhaps for some and yet for others the chance may never come.

What does it take to know oneself? To fully realize one’s life dream? For some it may take a lifetime, and for others, the chance may never come. There are those who dream and have the courage to take the first steps past the threshold of familiarity. Their stories, like mine, are etched on the avenues we dare to traverse. The Cape to Cairo road is where I, a black female soul-searcher, faced my greatest trial in confronting my fear of losing my mother to cancer, trying to keep old love alive, and make my childhood dream come true.

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What does it take to know oneself? To fully realize one’s life dream?

There are those who dream and have the courage to take the first steps past the threshold of familiarity. Their stories are etched on the avenues we dare to traverse. The Cape to Cairo road is where I, a black female soul searcher faced my greatest trial in confronting the fear of losing my mother to cancer, trying to keep old love alive, and make my childhood dream come true.

In this first travel memoir about Africa written by an African woman, Abyssinian Nomad tells the year in her life when Maskarm traversed the continent from Cape Town to Cairo, entrusting her safety to strangers, experiencing the incredible places that she’d been dreaming about since she was a girl. Her African heritage gives her a unique perspective, some encounters are overflowing with the kindness of strangers, and fortunate strokes of serendipity, whilst other dealings are terrifyingly dangerous. All this was experienced while navigating the grief of her mother’s battle with breast cancer, and relationships breaking down, which Maskarm discusses with a rare authentic honesty and openness.

Weight 80 g
Dimensions 353 × 250 × 44 mm
No. of Pages

238

Country

Ethiopia

Language

English

Format

Paperback

Year Published

16/01/2018

Author

Maskarm Haile

Publisher

Self Published

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Editorial Review

What a journey! What a book! Maskarm is one brave soul who challenges stereotypes as she traverses the road less travelled. Let Maskarm take you on an escapade of adventure, loss, grief and discovery. This book is unputdownable. ~ Author of Dark Continent My Black Arse: By Bus, Boksie, Matola...from Cape to Cairo

On her trip, Maskarm had to overcome the grief of losing her beloved mother to breast cancer, withstand pressure from relatives and friends to marry and have children, break up with her boyfriend, face sexual harassment and rigid and complicated immigration procedures at border posts. ~  Bamuturaki Musinguzi (theeastafrican.co.ke)