ISBN 9789997700964
Pages 144
Dimensions 198x129 mm
Published 2024
Publisher Huza Press, Rwanda
Format Paperback

Bald Dandelions With Their Wishes Blown Clean Off


by Mona Liban, Aisha Ali Haji, Hamdi Ali

These ten stories, emerging from Rwanda,Kenya, Somaliland, Somalia and Ethiopia,highlight new African voices that share bold combinations of openness and curiosity,nuance and bravery. From fiery femme tongues,broken colonial languages and tender queer subjectivities, to the complexities of embracing and rebelling against tradition via a young girl's battle to attain education, and a story about chronic illness, their narratives revisit old themes in radical and experimental ways.

Engaging with love and hate, crime and domestic Violence, passion and myth, resilience and family, this anthology illuminates and enacts the unbound commonality of African lives inspite of exaggerated national boundaries.


This is a wonderful collection by a group of writers from the breadth of Eastern Africa.It was an honour to wonk with them and to read their stories full of beauty and tragedy Nadifa Mohamed

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About the Authors

Mona Liban

Mona Liban is a writer and editor hailing from her two homes of Hargeisa, Somaliland and Melbourne, Australia. She is the founder and director of arts centre EQRA in Hargeisa – an endeavour that combines her creative and entrepreneurial skills. Mona is currently working on a collection of short stories, inspired by the lives of the women of her family. She has had her writing published in African and Australian publications and in 2019 she served as writer in residence at Rhodes University, South Africa. An avid reader, writer and thinker, her writing often explores the intricate connections between womanhood, spirit and environment.

Aisha Ali Haji

Aisha Ali Haji is a Kenyan writer, communications specialist and feminist activist whose work hopes to think with culture, folklore, history and the supernatural to tell stories about people and places. She has worked as a writer, editor and content creator, and her writing has appeared in Jalada, This is Africa, openDemocracy and African Arguments. She is a Saseni Writers Workshop 2019 participant, AWDF Women Writing for Change 2015 and 2020 Global Advocate Fellow at Mama Hope, as well as a very dedicated cat-mother. She is also a member of the #WeAre52pc and Atieno feminist collectives.

Hamdi Ali

Hamdi Ali is a young Somali writer and artist, interested in the intersection between writing and art. She uses her creative work to address and raise awareness on pressing social, political and cultural issues in her community. She is currently completing her MA degree in Peace and Conflict studies. When she’s not working and writing, she enjoys reading, especially novels.