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.
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MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
- When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
As a teenager I started writing stories for women’s mags – which were just an adolescent exploration of my own romantic fantasies, really. The stories were always rejected but I’d caught the writing bug. I enjoyed the escapism it provided. I could create my own worlds.
- What inspired you to write this book?
My wonderful encounter with the love goddess, Oshun, in Africa many years ago, and, more recently, in Florida.
- If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
Warning: This Goddess could seriously empower your life.
- What are you up to next?
I’m writing a dystopian novel that’s been bubbling up inside me for ages.
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
Oshun’s high priestess, the artist Suzanne Wenger, has been a terrific inspiration. Her talent and courage are legendary. I could say the same about Beyoncé who is also mind-bogglingly creative and brave and who has also channelled Oshun.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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