I am officially a self-published author of a book called: Hues of Africa: Journey Between The Lines. It is an adult coloring and activity book. I wrote this book because I want people to travel and normalize Africa as a travel destination. In addition, I want humans to learn more about this complex continent that I recognize as the motherland. The book allows you to color beautiful images of women, men, and children while learning about ethnic groups such as the nomadic Wodaabe men.
I have bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work. Due to my background, I am always thinking about ways to take care of your mental health. Did you know that coloring has health benefits such a relaxation and is known to reduce stress?!
What inspired you to create a coloring / activity book?
I decided to create a book, but I did not want to write a traditional novel. As a child, I loved coloring books that included fun activities such as crossword and word search puzzles inside. While eating a bowl of cereal, I anticipated trying to solve the games on the back of the cereal box. So it was a no-brainer that I would create those fond childhood memories for adults like myself.
Why did you write a book about Africa?
When I turned on the television, I would see infomercials about starving children. Unfortunately, I believe that people have negative thoughts about Africa because of their presented images. I want individuals to know that Africa is rich with resources and full of kings and queens. Therefore, I wrote the book to inspire people to visit Africa and learn more about the language, culture, food, history, and ethnic groups.
I love traveling to the motherland. My first international trip was to Ghana, West Africa. While there for six weeks, I said aloud to myself, “I’m living in the wrong country” Since then, I have been back to Ghana 5x. I have also been to Morocco, Burkina Faso, and Cape Town, South Africa.
What is included in the book?
At the beginning of the book, it discusses Africa related to history, hairstyles, jewelry, language, and cuisine. The book then transitions into 25 countries such as Angola, Nigeria, Cameroon, Eritrea, Egypt, Rwanda, etc. Both illustrations and activities include crossword, word search, maze, word scramble, and so much more.
Who is the intended audience?
The book was originally intended for adults due to complex activities and small intricate details on the illustrations. I am proud to announce that children have utilized the book as young as five years old, and it is being used in a home-school setting for pre-teenagers. Therefore the book is both for adults and children (although the more youthful kids may need help with the activities).
How long did it take you to complete the book?
It is always difficult to answer this question. In March 2020, I hired someone to create the Egypt illustration. I loved his work, but unfortunately, he was no longer interested in creating multiple images. I was devastated and stopped working on the project for three months until I hired a different illustrator. I would focus on the book throughout the year and then stop writing for weeks, so I never worked on the text consecutively. It took one year from conception to publishing, but in reality, it took about five months to complete
Word of Advice: Create a timeline with goals and deadlines. Do not be a procrastinator like me!
Where can Hues of Africa be purchased?
Hues of Africa can bought on Amazon online at major stores such as Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble. If you live in southern California, you can buy physical copies at local bookstores such as Shades of Afrika, Malik Books, Word of Life, and The Book Jewel. The book is also available at various pop-up shops throughout Los Angeles county.
I want to create a coloring/activity book, how can you help me?
Writing a book is exciting, but it will take a lot of hard work and dedication. Becoming an author ✍🏽 is a great way to generate passive income. If you are interested in creating a coloring/activity book, please feel free to book a consultation.
Thank you so much for the overwhelming amount of support with this project. We have sold many copies and continue to inspire people around the world with fun facts about Africa.
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