Dipo Faloyin is a senior editor and writer at VICE, where his work has a specific focus on culture, race and identity across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His writing has also featured in the Guardian, Esquire, Newsweek, Dazed, i-D, Refinery 29, Prospect and others. He was born in Chicago, raised in Lagos and currently lives in London.
An exhilarating journey through the myths, misconceptions and
stereotypes of modern Africa. This book is the history lesson that
we all need, to understand the damage that has been done by
legacies of white supremacy affecting African nations and the whole
Warm, funny, biting and essential reading.
*Adam Rutherford, author of How To Argue With A Racist*
Powerful and heartfelt... A long-overdue and compelling corrective... Faloyin has written a book inspired by love and hope for a much-abused and maligned continent, whose future, he insists, is filled with promise.
For curious minds... a truly revelatory read... a book that will stay with you long after you've finished - and one that opens a new chapter on the way you'll think about Africa.
*Mail on Sunday*
Impossible not to relish.
*New York Times*
This book should be on the curriculum.
*Nikki May, author of Wahala*
A necessary book that deserves its place in the canon as essential reading.
A masterpiece in historical journalism, bristling with insights and perspective widening truths. Anyone seeking enlightenment needs to read this.
*Jeffrey Boakye, author of I Heard What You Said*
Hilarious, ferocious, generous and convincing.
*Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland and Butler to the World*
Incisive, thought-provoking and, above all, beautifully written - effortlessly blends memoir, political analysis and historical nonfiction to create something genuinely compelling and new
*Zing Tsjeng, author of Forgotten Women*
A triumph of a book...charismatic and hugely enjoyable...You'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't read this.
*Nels Abbey, author of Think Like a White Man*
A brilliant, prescient exploration of a richly complex continent. An antidote for our times.
*Irenosen Okojie, author of Nudibranch*
Impeccably researched...brimming with humor and intellect. A necessary read.
*JK Chukwu, author of The Unfortunates*
A vital book that offers us new, complex narratives to view African countries and their relationships to Europe and the Global North. Faloyin's stylish, propulsive prose blends history, memoir and opinion, so that reading him has the impression of being at the knee of a great storyteller.
*Jonathan Nunn, editor of Vittles*