Known for his extensive repertoire of work in the arts, Donald Molosi, the author of ‘We Are All Blue’ book, has signed a deal for his second book with The Mantle in New York. The book will be released on 28 February and it is termed ‘Dear Upright African’. The book advocate for the African classroom.
Molosi is a local actor, writer and playwright. He debuted off-Broadway in 2010 as Philly Lutaaya in ‘Today It’s Me,’ making him the first Motswana to perform off-Broadway in 2011. Molosi won the Best Short Solo Award at United Solo Theatre Festival for his performance as Seretse Khama in Blue, Black and White. In 2013, Molosi returned off-Broadway to perform Motswana: Africa, Dream Again. He played supporting roles in the following historic films, ‘A United Kingdom’ in 2016 and ‘Given’ 2009.
As a playwright, Molosi has published a collection of his original off-Broadway plays, which include ‘We Are All Blue, Blue’, ‘Black and White’ and Motswana: Africa, Dream Again in 2016. He shared with WeekendLife that Upright African shares his personal journey when schooling in the African continent.
“I spent half of my school time in government school and the other half in private school. I feel equipped to discuss both personal experiences. The book will be launched in Germany in April first week after its initial launch in New York,” he said. He further hinted that the book will also have an on-air launch on the show that he runs on GABZ FM called Upright African. “I am using various platforms to convey the urgency of this issue. The African classroom is currently a place that undercuts the potential of the African child and that must change,” he said.
“Where we, as a movement, cannot reach people by radio then we will reach them on a more international platform like this book. Failure to usher an education revolution is not an option in our lifetime,” Molosi added. Some of the stories that Molosi shared on the book is observing how corporal punishment was administered in government schools and the immediate impact that it had on the student.
“I share my story about being in a private school in Botswana and not learning enough about my heritage. I share stories of my horrifying experiences in a government school as well. At the end of the book I share recommendations of what can be done by African government to make sure that the African classroom maximizes the potential of an African child,” he said. The foreword was inscripted by Tsitsi Dangarembga, legendary author of Nervous Conditions. The book has been blurbed by Binyavanga Wainaina, one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of African Descent.
About Dear Upright African:
Literary Nonfiction, Post-Colonial Studies, Education and African Studies. "Upright African, we need a revolution in education to take our history back into our hands, and to perform it through our eyes for humanity and ourselves. Without question, our African histories are under siege by those who would rather we believed that Africa has no history and that colonialism is over."—From DEAR UPRIGHT AFRICAN
"In this manifesto, Donald Molosi shows us what a decolonized Africa would look like. This matter is vital for people in school today. It is this sort of activism that our continent needs now."—Binyavanga Wainaina. "Palpably outraged, Molosi reminds us—sharing vivid examples—of how the metaphysical and physical engagement of empire with the African continent formed a carefully orchestrated strategy whose end result was to inflict large numbers of Africans, including African elites, with a chronic, debilitating self-hatred. Drawing form his extensive reading on the subject, Molosi offers practical remedies for the devastating crisis he chronicles."—Tsitsi Dangarembga
In New York City.
Please change this to “We Are All Blue,” and “Blue, Black and White,” and “Motswaha: Africa, Dream Again.”
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