Joseph R. Alila’s poetry collection, “THIRTEEN CURSES ON MOTHER AFRICA, ( ),  , etc)  is a mournful collection of poems on the cultural, social, economic, political, and physiological health of the African continent. It too is a timely statement about Africa’s future place in an increasingly interconnected world–specifically talking to the effects of Globalization and Free Trade. The author employs soft satirical humor and imagery to drive his soiopolitical points home. The ‘Longsuffering Africa Woman’ and ‘Ebony’s Lazy Husband’ are revisited repeatedly, and so are the ineptitude of Africa’s political leadership, and Africa’s identy crisis. The author mourns over Africa’s curses in disease epidemics, hunger, oil, other mineral resources, wars, dictators, and unreliable friends.’


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