Black Gold of the Sun: Searching for Home in England and Africa

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Penguin Books Limited, Jun 29, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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'Where are you from?' 'No, where are you really from?' These questions, which he has been asked since boyhood, drive Ekow Eshun to travel through Ghana in search of his roots, and lead him on an exploration of history and belonging, from slavery in Africa and the West to the present day and what it means to be black. In search of answers, Ekow unearths yet more questions, some shocking contradictions and some long-forgotten truths about his family past...

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BLACK GOLD OF THE SUN: Searching for Home in Africa and Beyond

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A writer born in England in 1968 of Ghanaian parents visits Africa hoping to find the source of his malaise and rage—and a place he might call home.Eshun (director of London's Institute of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kat - Goodreads

Not as good as I thought it would be. He skims the suface of quite a few points and ideas, but isn't thorough about his feelings, travels, history or any of the things he touches on. He could have missed out the trip to Ghana altogether and elaborated on his life as a Black Briton. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Ekow Eshun was born in London in 1968 and grew up in England and Ghana. He was the youngest-ever editor of a men's magazine (Arena), is well-known in the media for his appearances on Newsnight Review, and is now artistic director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. This is his first book.

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