Originally submitted for the Africa Book Club Short Reads competition, The Golden Baobab Tree (by Nkiacha Atemnkeng) is a story that blends age-old African storytelling traditions with a modern twist. Set in the village of Letia, the story centers around the baobab tree, which is where the villagers come to meet with their chief, and children gather to listen to storytellers when they visit. On this day, Uncle Jimi Solanke, the storyteller comes to Letia at the invitation of the chief.
Solanke gathers the children under the baobab tree and shares his story about an old man who travels to America to visit his son. The story carries important lessons that will resonate with many young readers and their parents, moreso those who either live in the Diaspora or have relatives there.
The Golden Baobab Tree was published in November 2014 by Aalvent Books