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An African Abroad

Ọlábísí Àjàlá

An African Abroad, the 1963 memoir of Nigerian writer, actor and adventurer Mashood Ọlábísí Àjàlá, went out of print in the 1960s and has never been reprinted until now. In 1952 he biked for 2,280 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles; there he would meet then-actor Ronald Reagan, who helped him break into the movies. Readers are invited to join Àjàlá as he travels across the Israel-Jordan border on a scooter, breaks a security cordon to shake hands with Krushchev, and presses Golda Meier about the fate of the Palestinians. Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún is a Nigerian linguist, writer, translator, scholar, and cultural activist. His work and influence span the fields of education, language technology, literature, journalism, and linguistics. He is the recipient of the 2016 Premio Ostana "Special Prize" for Writings in the Mother Tongue. (Ostana Premio Scritture in Lingua Madre) for his work in language advocacy. He writes in Yoruba and English.

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