Sudan's Kola Boof (born Naima Bint Harith) is slowly but surely becoming the new black woman writer that "lots of people love to hate". Remember back in the 70's and 80's when authors like Alice Walker, Ntozake Shange, Gayl Jones and even Toni Morrison were widely cursed and demonized for the skeletons they exposed? Well now we have the strangely fabulous and daring Kola Boof (she's a sexy feminist literary babe slash African warrior girl slash historian) and she's already getting death threats by the ton! Why is her work so confrontational?
In her native Sudan, they recently told her that if she ever tries to return, she will be killed on the spot (Ms. Boof has joined Dr. John Garang's SPLA in an effort to end Arab-Islamic slavery and oppression of Black Africans in Sudan). Born on the Nile River to archeologist Harith Bin Farouk (an Arab-Egyptian of "hemetic" ancestry) and his only wife Jiddi (a blue black Gisi-Waaq princess of Somalia's Oromo nomads), Kola Boof came to America after her parents were murdered by "the murhaleen" (because her father, Arab-Islamic himself, spoke out against the slavery he had witnessed). Kola was then put up for adoption by her Egyptian grandmother, who felt that Kola's skin was too dark for assimilation with the rest of the family.
Ms. Boof now considers herself "half African, half Black-American" and has used the pain and tragedy of her life to create a distinctive, sometimes "angry" but always outspoken "womanist" voice that champions the survival (whole) of the African race, and especially, the affirmation of black women-their beauty, worth and innate goodness. Kola Boof refuses to compromise on her "blood-black" message and signifies it by insisting she be photographed "topless" for the back covers of her books-in honor of the animist nilotic goddess-based African religion that she embraces.
In 2004, Kola Boof will see the American release of three of her best books. "Nile River Woman", a collection of her best and most controversial poems drops on February 10th. The reissue of "Long Train to the Redeeming Sin", her acclaimed bestselling short story collection that was forced out of print the entire year of 2003 after her publisher was firebombed by Dragons for Jihad in Morocco, returns on March 9th...and the English translation (by Said Musa) of Kola's provocatively erotic Black American historical romance "Flesh and the Devil" will be released stateside on May 11th in hardcover.
Boof's long awaited autobiography, however, "Diary of a Lost Girl", has yet to find a publisher...and citing "artistic differences" and racial disagreements...Kola Boof turned down deals with both Simon and Shuster and Random House and remains determined to publish a version of the book that is true to her character and her vision as an artist.
--Solomon Amadou/Editor "Diary of a Lost Girl"
She Wiped It On the Wall (Kola's next book)
“…a totally different story about black women and religion. It's less controversial but just as powerful, I think you will love it.
Paperback: 275 pages
Publisher: Akashic Books (July 1, 2011)
"Not only damn! But double-hot-damn! A reader should go into a book
like Kola Boof's "The Sexy Part of the Bible" armed, ready, and open to a
new kind of story, one that is brutally and beautifully honest, agonizingly
and seductively raw, and one that puts the "creative" back into writing. It
was blunt. It was poetic. It was real. It was entertaining. And most of all,
it did what a good book is supposed to do. It took me out of my comfort
zone, in a way that made me squirm, and it thoroughly entertained me. I felt
brave for reading and loving this book. And when it was over, I felt
satisfied for having been allowed the privilege of this journey."
--J.D. Mason, author Somebody Pick Up My Pieces
"If disagreement, even outrage, is the price of enlightenment on
sensitive matters like race, then reading Kola Boof's book The Sexy Part of
the Bible is essential therapy for understanding our society and its likely
--Derrick Bell, author of Faces at the Bottom of the Well
About the book
Romance and political intrigue cloud the many lives of a diabolical African supermodel harboring a shocking secret.
Following in the footsteps of her idols Alice Walker and
Toni Morrison, Kola
Boof asserts her own literary prowess with a chilling sociopolitical love
Set in modern West Africa, Europe, and the U.S., and featuring the kind of heroine readers rarely get to encounter in popular culture--beautiful charcoal-skinned Eternity, a spirited and diabolical young African hellcat whose life is stigmatized by a heart-stopping secret--The Sexy Part of the Bible is an erotically astute novel filled with mystery and adventure.
Enveloped in the arms of a domineering Fela Kuti-type rap star and revolutionary named Sea Horse Twee, Eternity finds herself miraculously surviving several African rebellions--and in the interim, she powerfully unmasks the science of cloning, which becomes a powerful metaphor in the story.
Written with the lush musicality of North African classics, The Sexy Part of the Bible is guaranteed to stay on your mind long after you've put it down.
Kola Boof is the author of several novels and poetry collections, including Flesh and the Devil and Nile River Woman. Her writing has appeared in Harper's and the story collection Politically Inspired. Her autobiography, Diary of a Lost Girl, was published in 2006. She has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN; and has been featured in TV Guide, Time, the New York Post, and the New York Times. She lives in Southern California.
of a Lost Girl
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Diary of A Lost Girl
Author: Kola Boof
Format: 448 pages Hardcover
Publication Date: February, 2007
Kola Boof's long awaited autobiography "Diary of a Lost Girl" is nothing less than magnificent. Many will be spellbound by more than 90 pages detailing her terrifying experience as Osama Bin Laden's former mistress, but the Sudanese-born Novelist/Poet writes even more profoundly about the hardships of being vaginally circumcised, about witnessing her birth parents killed in her presence as a small child, about slavery and Arabism in Sudan, about being adopted and raised in the U.S. by African Americans, about her quest for true love, and in one particularly daring chapter, about her hopes for the future of her sons.
Add to that years of psychiatric treatment, a struggle with manic anger and quite a few daring romances other than Bin Laden and you've got the perfect ingredients for a feature film.
Readers will find themselves fascinated as innocent young Naima Bint Harith tragically becomes the vitriolic complicated temptress Kola. A doomed movie starlet, feminist activist and "kept woman"...who ultimately emerges as the loving mother, outspoken novelist/poet and professional cook that we know today as Kola Boof.
Throughout the book, Kola speaks in a voice so utterly naked, truthful and unpretentious that it's impossible not to fall in love with her.
"Diary of a Lost Girl" is a powerful autobiography that you won't soon forget.
--Kurt Rampling (editor)
Format: Paperback, 352pp
Pub. Date: May 2004
Publisher: Door of Kush
"Flesh and the Devil is the perfect companion piece for those who've enjoyed
Toni Morrison's Beloved and Edward P. Jones's The Known World...but what sets
this lush romantic novel apart from those American classics....is that this one
is written by a North African woman. I found myself both shocked and numbed by
the clarity of Boof's understanding of chattel slavery, black humanity and black
love. This is not only the most graphic slave novel I've ever read, but it's
also a passionate, passionate love story. Black women.....are going to love this
-Alicia Banks, Eloquent Fury
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Format: Paperback $12.99
Release Date: Feb. 10th 2004
Publisher: Door of Kush Publications
For Black History month...African American media maverick Cornel Chesney is releasing the anthology of poems that got Kola Boof kicked out of Morocco in 1997 and threatened with death by Osama Bin Laden in 1998.
Re-titled "Nile River Woman" for America...the book features 28 brand new poems (including the college radio favorite "I Love My Man")... plus 30 classic poems detailing the trials and tribulations of Black Egyptians, Sudanese and Arabs of the Nile River valley. Poems like "The Conquering Lion", which details Malcolm X's impact on Sudan (he was called Red Rooster in Sudan) and poems like "The Children With African Hair", speak quite movingly about the love that some Africans feel for Black Americans. Most notable is Boof's inclusion of Queen Nefertiti's favorite "river song", "The Written Words of Faceless Woman" ' which was originally written and sang in the 3rd century B.C. as a menstruation song.
Long Train to the redeeming
SIN Stories about AFRICAN women
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Format: Paperback, 178pp
Pub. Date: April 2004
Publisher: Door of Kush
"The redeeming sin being courage.
Courage is the chariot that redeems us in sin."
In the book of the women'they are dark and light, wide and shapely, thin
as reeds'their hair eats the sun and their eyes swallow the moon'these are
Black Women'the daughters of the earth's first garden. The mothers of God.
These are the stories that remind us where we came from and why we
came'stories that make us laugh'make us mad as hell'make us want to
cry'make us want to get up and eat. These are our reflections. Our love
and dreams, our sexual longing and prayers. Our goodness. Our deep eternal
This is the LONG TRAIN'to the REDEEMING SIN
Contact Kola Boof:
Email Kola Boof at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kola Boof c/o DOOR OF KUSH
324 South Diamond Bar Blvd. Suite 504
Diamond Bar, California 91765
Akashic Books-Sexy Part of the Bible
The Notorious Kola Boof
Kola Boof's Blog
Official Web Site - Kola Boof: Womanist Novelist Poet
Article by Kola in "Daily Voice"
Peter Bergen "Lied" on KOLA BOOF
Kool Room - Hosted by Kola Boof
Bint il Nil: Kola Boof's Best Poems
More Information on Kola Boof
TRANSCRIPT: Rita Cosby interviews Kola Boof on FOX NEWS BIG STORY WEEKEND.
On August 23rd, 2003...Kola Boof appeared on FOX NEWS top rated program "Big
Story Weekend with Rita Cosby". Boof, who had recently suffered a miscarriage,
spoke about her days as Osama Bin Laden's mistress, referring to him as a
combination of "Hitler and Ike Turner"...as well as a brilliant poet. Boof
pointed out that he "raped" her the first night they met. She also elaborated on
being taught in Sudanese elementary schools to "hate America".