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Aisha Kone receives the surprise of her life for her twenty-first birthday when she learns that her dad has purchased her an all expense trip to Africa. She feels like they are finally starting to repair the relationship that got torn apart when her dad started suspecting that she was leading an alternate lifestyle that was degrading to his position of high esteem in New York City s Muslim community. But, after spending a luxurious week in Africa, Aisha s life gets turned upside down when she s detained by the National Security Police at Abidjan International Airport in the Ivory Coast. What she feels like will be a small nuisance of a delay turns into years of being held against her will thousands of miles away from everyone that cares about her back in the United States. This touching story of surviving while being raped, beaten, starved, and housed under unsanitary and unsafe conditions could be taken straight from the headlines. Aisha struggles to maintain her sanity although her world has turned topsy-turvy. And, in true real woman fashion, she exacts revenge on all of her perpetrators then makes preventing her catastrophe from happening to anyone else her life s work. Aisha s story moves you, shakes you, and may even bring you to tears. Yet, it also gives you the reality of what life could be to a normal renaissance woman who ends up abducted in a foreign land. And it makes us realize that you never know who has it in for you or wants to hurt you. Find out how Aisha s heart is broken in addition to suffering in a foreign land when she finds out who s behind her dilemma. It may break your heart as well.
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Sidibe Ibrahima, affectionately called Sidi, was born and raised in Africa's Ivory Coast until he moved to Germany in 1982. He attended college in Germany and developed his entrepreneurial spirit there before returning to the Ivory Coast to open Sidibe & Freres Distribution (an import & export company) in 1995. In 2000, Sidi headed to America armed with his ability to speak different languages as well as write four. He began working at a jewelry store for $3.5 and driving a cab. When he amassed $600 in savings, he opened his first table in Harlem selling books. In addition to selling books, Sidi began reading books from new publishing companies and giving them to other book vendors. Due to his business savvy and networking skills, he's expanded to owning 5 book stands that encompass every borough in New York City. Over the years, Sidi has helped a plethora of authors including Terri Woods (Terri Woods Publishing), Shannon Holmes (Triple Crown), Danielle Santiago, A Little Ghetto Girl in Harlem, Treasure Blue, Harlem Girl Lost, and many others to promote their books. On the distribution side, Sidi has assisted Culture Plus and A & B distributors and Say U promise publication. Recently, he's worked with Ashante Kahare, Homo Thug, and helped Ashante to amass 25,000-50,000 sales and become a best seller. Sidi's starting small but thinking big attitude has helped him to become the most well known seller of African American books in New York City. He is constantly sent books to sample as well as blue-line proofs even prior to books being printed. He pretty much has the pulse of African American book patrons clearly imbedded in his head. He has a natural instinct and knowledge of an ever increasing market for literature that many people would spend countless dollars to acquire. Sidi's natural instincts prompted him to create Harlem Book Center (HBC), a publishing and distribution company centered in Harlem. The first release from HBC is Fatou: an African Girl in Harlem, a novel that was actually penned by Sidi himself. Both HBC and Fatou are doing well in their infancy stages and are anticipated to surpass Sidi's original expectations. With Sidi already accomplishing so much, one would wonder what's next. He actually wants HBC to be a huge publishing and distribution conglomerate that operates nationwide as well as internationally in France, England, and other locales. As for his writing, Sidi has other projects both on his mind and in the works. Sidi's desire for literature and culture to come together is evident in the work Fatou. The culture of certain countries in Africa is explored as well as the fast-paced culture of New York City. The result is a riveting story of a young girl that quickly turns into a woman in America basically because she has no other choice. The heartfelt passages solidifies Sidi's ability to bond with African American book patrons and primes him for a stellar writing career that will complement his success as a book seller. With all of his natural talents and instincts, Sidi has accomplished many things in his young life. Be sure to visit Harlem Book Center online (sidisbooks.com) or at the store (2294 Frederick Douglas Blvd. 8th Ave, New York, NY 10027) to keep abreast of current and ongoing projects.
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Book Description Harlem Book Center, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0976393913
Book Description Harlem Book Center, 2006. Condition: New. NEW BOOK. Seller Inventory # 806725