PUBLICATION UPDATE: Hausa Blues is now represented by literary agent Laura Yorke of The Carol Mann Agency! Zenab & Shelah are thrilled with this new partnership and look forward to all we will learn through the continued growth and evolution of this project!
PUBLICATION UPDATE: After much deliberation, the original plan to self-publish in November of 2014 was suspended when a prominent literary agency expressed interest in the possibility of representing Hausa Blues to traditional publishing houses. Zenab and Shelah felt it was an avenue they needed to explore. Just a month after withholding its release date, Hausa Blues received an award from Shelf Unbound Magazine as a Notable Book of 2014 in their 2014 Indie Best Contest.
READ CHAPTER ONE HERE: CHAPTER 1
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Hausa Blues is the memoir of Zenab Ibrahim, a young woman born to a wealthy, polygamist, Hausa tribesman in the remote village of Yoko, Africa.When at the age of 12, Zenab’s father expels his first wife from the family’s tribal compound, Zenab resolves to avoid the spiritual death that defeated her mother and her father’s other wives by boldly striving to experience an exclusive love and a modern, free life—like the Western women who captivate her on the village’s only television set. She dreams of a mutually respectful marriage, and when she learns at the age of 16 of her arranged marriage to a Hausa man who wears blue jeans and studied in Europe, she is hopeful that her role might veer off the traditional path of a submissive, servile Muslim wife.
But when their wedding is postponed due to a serious car accident, it’s the beginning of a series of events that cause her to believe her sisters were right all along—someone has maliciously cursed her. Her naïve hopes for a transcendent love and free lifestyle begin to unravel when she realizes the depths of her husband’s disdain. He adheres to traditional roles, and treats her like a contemptible servant, as does his mother. Although bad fortune repeatedly thwarts the realization of Zenab’s vision for her life, serendipity intervenes when she crosses paths with a night manager at her local bus station—a man from a scorned, Christian tribe. This forbidden friendship empowers her to risk everything for the chance to reclaim her dream, igniting Zenab’s faith in both herself and others. It leads to her escape from the bondage of her marriage and to her discovery of a true and pure love that is more life-affirming than anything Zenab ever dared to hope for.