I've been thinking about writing a short-story on medieval/ancient Africa

Jul 2013
I just happened to come across this book on Amazon, and I think it looks pretty cool. Or at least it has potential, it’s just the kind of stuff I love to read about. Never read this one, but I may order it.

“In the 15th century on the African continent the young prince Changa Diop flees his homeland of Kongo, vowing to seek revenge for the death of his father and free his family and people from the foul sorcerer Usenge. He survives slavery and the fighting pits of Mogadishu, eventually becoming a merchant adventurer whose extraordinary skills and determination makes his a legend. From the Swahili merchant cities of Mombasa and Sofala to the magnificent Middle Kingdom, Changa and his crew experience adventures beyond the imagination. Despite his reputation, Changa will not rest until he has fulfilled his promise to his people. The anchors are lifted and the sails are dropped. Let the safari begin!”
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It seems like there’s a rise in popularity in fantasy/alternate history books in an African setting. I hadn’t known about this until recently. There’s apparently quite a few books in this new genre, called “Soul and Slash”. And Amazon has a few authors in this genre, though I never read the following, so don’t know how good they are. Here’s some more I found:

Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology:
“Magic. Myth. Warfare. Wonder. Beauty. Bravery. Glamour. Gore. Sorcery. Sensuality. These and many more elements of fantasy await you in the pages of Griots, which brings you the latest stories of the new genre called Sword and Soul. The tales told in Griots are the annals of the Africa that was, as well as Africas that never were, may have been, or should have been. They are the legends of a continent and people emerging from shadows thrust upon them in the past. They are the sagas sung by the modern heirs of the African story-tellers known by many names - including griots. Here, you will meet mighty warriors, seductive sorceresses, ambitious monarchs, and cunning courtesans. Here, you will journey through the vast variety of settings Africa offers, and inspires. Here, you will savor what the writings of the modern-day griots have to offer: journeys through limitless vistas of the imagination, with a touch of color and a taste of soul.”
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Once Upon a Time in Afrika:
“An exciting Sword and Soul tale by Balogun Ojetade, Once Upon a Time in Afrika Tells the story of a beautiful princess and her eager suitors. Desperate to marry off his beautiful but "tomboyish" duaghter, Esuseeke, the Emperor of Oyo, consults the Oracle. The Oracle tells the Emperor Esuseeke must marry the greatest warrior in all Onile (Afrika). To determine who is the greatest warrior, the Emperor hosts a grand martial arts tournament inviting warrior from all over the continent. Unknown to the warriors and spectators of the tournament a powerful evil is headed their way. Will the warriors band together against this evil?”
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Afrika-Balogun-Ojetade/dp/0980084237/ref=pd_sim_b_8"]Once Upon a Time in Afrika: Balogun Ojetade, Valjeanne Jeffers, Charles R. Saunders: 9780980084238: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51kE2jSwePL.@@AMEPARAM@@51kE2jSwePL[/ame]

Nimrod The Hunter:
“Nimrod The Hunter: The biblical hero returns in a stunning new epic historical fantasy adventure. Gregory "Brother G" Walker, winner of the 2009 Octavia Butler Humanitarian Award for Shades Of Memnon, expands the African Legends genre with another exciting action adventure. Like Shades Of Memnon, which recovers the tradition of the African hero from the Trojan War, Nimrod The Hunter reaches back into time, drawing upon ancient lore to present a new epic interpretation of Nimrod, the mighty hunter before the Lord from Genesis 10.”
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I’m a big fan of science fiction and fantasy, and as a black guy I personally like the fact that more fiction is being written involving Africa and Africa-like worlds. I kinda got tired of fantasy based on medieval Europe, dungeons & dragons, elves etc... The more diversity, the better.
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Jul 2013
That is very interesting! That's exactly the kind of stuff I want to write about, I will definitely look these books up.

IDK to be honest, i'll see how it goes, if I can get positive feedback from publishers maybe I'll go forward with it. I have an English teacher who I'm on pretty good terms with who is also an author, I'll probably send him a draft. I've heard there are competitions in which you can enter short-stories, I could start there.
Yeah, I highly recommend the books, especially "Zulu Heart" and "Lion's Blood" by Steven Barnes, they really influenced me and motivated me to write.

I wish you good luck getting published. I think you're on the right path.
Nov 2018
West Covina
I've been working a fantasy story centred around west african mythology and legends

Story's about a young girl (around the age of 19) Named Amala (named after one of my favorite dishes) a good nature fun loving yet hot headed youngster living the in a city state within the Forrest in a region know as The Beni region (named after the bite of benin)from her younger years she's able to pear into the world of spirits. After the decline of a regional power a local warlord has been in exspanding further into the the region from the harsh deserts further north in the sea of sand a massive desert more formidable then the seas her home is raided by maruders. During a near death experience she awakens a mysterous power to go between the two worlds she unknowningly uses this power to force one the Raiders commanders named Toure to aid her on her mission to liberate beni along the way she realizes just how small her problems are and just how large the world is.

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