High priestesses are few and far between, white ones in Africa even more so. When Diane Esguerra hears of a mysterious Austrian woman worshipping the Ifa river goddess Oshun in Nigeria, her curiosity is aroused.
It is the start of an extraordinary friendship that sustains Diane through the death of her son and leads to a quest to take part in Oshun rituals. Prevented by Boko Haram from returning to Nigeria, she finds herself at Ifa shrines in Florida amid vultures, snakes, goats’ heads, machetes, a hurricane and a cigar-smoking god. Her quest steps up a gear when Beyoncé channels Oshun at the Grammys and the goddess goes global.
Mystifying, harrowing and funny, The Oshun Diaries explores the lure of Africa, the life of a remarkable woman and the appeal of the goddess as a symbol of female empowerment.
I’d like to thank Diane Esguerra and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this wonderful book tour.
Firstly just look at the cover of this book, it’s a beautiful carnival of colour, it entices you to pick it up. It’s a very good indicator of the beauty that lies within its pages.
I found The Oshun Diaries an absolute joy to read. It leads you on a spiritual journey where you feel as if you’ve been transported to Africa.
The Oshun Diaries mesmerised me, Diane’s descriptives painted a rich picture in my mind of the people and the places.
I gained so much knowledge from reading this book, Diane’s story was funny in places, sad in others but always passionate and interesting.
Adunni is a fascinating character and one that I enjoyed getting to know. Her no nonsense, straight talking and at times rude personality makes her larger than life.
The Oshun Diaries is a unique read, if you like your books with some depth and loads of female empowerment this is the book for you!
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All About Diane
Diane Esguerra is an English writer and psychotherapist. For a number of years she worked as a
performance artist in Britain, Europe and the United States, and she has written for theatre and
television. She is the recipient of a Geneva-Europe Television Award and a Time Out Theatre Award.
She is previously the author of Junkie Buddha, the uplifting story of her journey to Peru to scatter
her late son’s ashes.
She lives in Surrey with her partner David.
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