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Prepare to be enchanted! Esteem MultiMedia’s newest release, The Tale of the Cow Tail & Other Stories from the African Diaspora ($12.95, 2012) is a captivating journey into African traditions, culture and lifestyles. Through the eyes of Nigerian writer, Lanre Ogundimu, the reader is offered an intensely personal look at the magic of the Motherland and the mystery of its customs.

The eclectic collection of sagas -- both fiction and non-fiction -- shatters myths and unveils hidden truths in a part of the world that is ripe with beauty and intrigue. Ogundimu skillfully explores a little known side of African life -- from schoolyard bullies to enduring friendship, from childhood fears and fantasies to whirling, acrobatic dancers.
In the story, “Palm Wine, Women and Gossips,” the reader will be charmed by a bow-legged  bar owner and his vivacious, sharp-tongued wife. In “Saraa,” lessons are shared about neighborhood camaraderie and beliefs in the supernatural. Meanwhile, “It’s A Woman’s Thing” stirs up feelings of love, devotion and patience.

All this against the backdrop of  a beautiful country side, dotted with Baobab trees and thrust amid the syncopated rhythm of Yoruba songs, chants  and drums. The reader can almost hear the music, and smell the aroma of  the rich stews and tangy, seasoned root vegetables.  Ogundimu  takes everyone who dares on an adventure so fascinating, it’s hard to return.

The Tale of the Cow Tail & Other Stories from the African Diaspora  is available on and  For more information, contact Denise Crittendon at or Lanre Ogundimu at

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