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Beenie Tekle Mel is an African writer, a member of the global south, and a close ally of peoples degraded by racist ideas and policies. His works in both fiction and non-fiction center around the Black experience, and when he is not writing, he is engaged in social activism in antiracist movements like the Black Lives Matter and Pan-Africanism movements with fellow activists who are striving to equate and empower racial and gender difference of all kinds. Beenie divides his time between New York, California and Addis Abeba
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Sankofa
Born Equal Only
by Beenie T. Mel

Overview


SANKOFA:BORN EQUAL ONLY is an Afrofuturism adventure that takes on gender injustice from the perspective of rival fraternal twins, Toomi and Ras, born to be the Guardians of Maat, the first Queen to rise to the throne in the kingdom of Axindar in a post-apocalyptic medieval Africa, where the future of our technology shapes the past of our time.
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Description


SANKOFA: BORN EQUAL ONLY is a fresh take on gender and race inequity told from alternating perspectives of rival fraternal twins, Toomi and Ras, birthed to be the Guardians of the River's Child, the first Queen to rise to the throne in the kingdom of Axindar in a post-apocalyptic Africa. The world has become hostile to all life; past disasters have rendered it unlivable; only enhanced life forms survive on the African continent, split between powerful warring kingdoms, all of them competing for the domination of Axindar; where the last river source remains guarded behind its mighty walls; and its protector: The River's Child. Her birth has galvanized the deeply patriarchal kingdoms of the south under king Culumbra and his smoky warriors; in cahoots with Acab Essaat, a high-caste Guardian of the Fire in Axindar, who is intent on ending the abominable new world of low-castes. When the Acab begins to hunt down the hidden Guardians of the River's Child soon after their birth; the twins, barely escape the gruesome murder of their parents and the massacre of their people, fleeing their settlement, only to be captured and sold separately as child-slaves. Torn apart and reeling from their devastation and loss, the twins will set out to reunite; dreaming of the end of warfare, and of a future together; even as they rise as avenging warriors hell-bent on destroying the very kingdom they were birthed to protect. Meanwhile, the abandoned River's Child, able to experience the brutal world through her Sankofa bird, suffers from a debilitating depression which leads to her addiction to a potent drug that takes over her mind as she struggles to make sense of her connection to all life, with visions of the past, the present, and the coming end of the new world in the near future. If the River's Child and her Guardians do not rise from their personal battles to come together in time; the collapse of the new world and the end of all life is imminent.
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Overview


SANKOFA:BORN EQUAL ONLY is an Afrofuturism adventure that takes on gender injustice from the perspective of rival fraternal twins, Toomi and Ras, born to be the Guardians of Maat, the first Queen to rise to the throne in the kingdom of Axindar in a post-apocalyptic medieval Africa, where the future of our technology shapes the past of our time.

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Description


SANKOFA: BORN EQUAL ONLY is a fresh take on gender and race inequity told from alternating perspectives of rival fraternal twins, Toomi and Ras, birthed to be the Guardians of the River's Child, the first Queen to rise to the throne in the kingdom of Axindar in a post-apocalyptic Africa. The world has become hostile to all life; past disasters have rendered it unlivable; only enhanced life forms survive on the African continent, split between powerful warring kingdoms, all of them competing for the domination of Axindar; where the last river source remains guarded behind its mighty walls; and its protector: The River's Child. Her birth has galvanized the deeply patriarchal kingdoms of the south under king Culumbra and his smoky warriors; in cahoots with Acab Essaat, a high-caste Guardian of the Fire in Axindar, who is intent on ending the abominable new world of low-castes. When the Acab begins to hunt down the hidden Guardians of the River's Child soon after their birth; the twins, barely escape the gruesome murder of their parents and the massacre of their people, fleeing their settlement, only to be captured and sold separately as child-slaves. Torn apart and reeling from their devastation and loss, the twins will set out to reunite; dreaming of the end of warfare, and of a future together; even as they rise as avenging warriors hell-bent on destroying the very kingdom they were birthed to protect. Meanwhile, the abandoned River's Child, able to experience the brutal world through her Sankofa bird, suffers from a debilitating depression which leads to her addiction to a potent drug that takes over her mind as she struggles to make sense of her connection to all life, with visions of the past, the present, and the coming end of the new world in the near future. If the River's Child and her Guardians do not rise from their personal battles to come together in time; the collapse of the new world and the end of all life is imminent.

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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Fantasy / Epic

Language:English

Series title:Sankofa Trilogy

Series Number:1

Pages:536

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9780999534632

Paperback ISBN:9780999534625


Overview


SANKOFA:BORN EQUAL ONLY is an Afrofuturism adventure that takes on gender injustice from the perspective of rival fraternal twins, Toomi and Ras, born to be the Guardians of Maat, the first Queen to rise to the throne in the kingdom of Axindar in a post-apocalyptic medieval Africa, where the future of our technology shapes the past of our time.

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Description


SANKOFA: BORN EQUAL ONLY is a fresh take on gender and race inequity told from alternating perspectives of rival fraternal twins, Toomi and Ras, birthed to be the Guardians of the River's Child, the first Queen to rise to the throne in the kingdom of Axindar in a post-apocalyptic Africa. The world has become hostile to all life; past disasters have rendered it unlivable; only enhanced life forms survive on the African continent, split between powerful warring kingdoms, all of them competing for the domination of Axindar; where the last river source remains guarded behind its mighty walls; and its protector: The River's Child. Her birth has galvanized the deeply patriarchal kingdoms of the south under king Culumbra and his smoky warriors; in cahoots with Acab Essaat, a high-caste Guardian of the Fire in Axindar, who is intent on ending the abominable new world of low-castes. When the Acab begins to hunt down the hidden Guardians of the River's Child soon after their birth; the twins, barely escape the gruesome murder of their parents and the massacre of their people, fleeing their settlement, only to be captured and sold separately as child-slaves. Torn apart and reeling from their devastation and loss, the twins will set out to reunite; dreaming of the end of warfare, and of a future together; even as they rise as avenging warriors hell-bent on destroying the very kingdom they were birthed to protect. Meanwhile, the abandoned River's Child, able to experience the brutal world through her Sankofa bird, suffers from a debilitating depression which leads to her addiction to a potent drug that takes over her mind as she struggles to make sense of her connection to all life, with visions of the past, the present, and the coming end of the new world in the near future. If the River's Child and her Guardians do not rise from their personal battles to come together in time; the collapse of the new world and the end of all life is imminent.

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About the author


Beenie Tekle Mel is an African writer, a member of the global south, and a close ally of peoples degraded by racist ideas and policies. His works in both fiction and non-fiction center around the Black experience, and when he is not writing, he is engaged in social activism in antiracist movements like the Black Lives Matter and Pan-Africanism movements with fellow activists who are striving to equate and empower racial and gender difference of all kinds. Beenie divides his time between New York, California and Addis Abeba

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