Author’s Bio: Kola Boof
PERSONAL LIFE HISTORY:
Kola Boof was born Naima Bint Harith circa 1969 in Omdurman, Sudan to Arab Egyptian archeologist Harith Bin Farouk and his wife Jiddi, a charcoal black Gisi-Waaq Oromo.
Kola’s birth parents were murdered in her presence in 1978 for speaking out against slavery and other atrocities by the Sudanese government, and in 1979, Kola was adopted and thereafter raised in Washington, D.C. by Black Americans, Marvin and Claudine Johnson.
In 1993, as an adult, Kola Boof became a citizen of the United States. In 1994, she returned to North Africa to pursue a career in modeling and acting.
Unfortunately, in 1996, she was the mistress of Osama Bin Laden, which caused a media frenzy, and though it was against her will, caused Ms. Boof to lose her writing post at NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” after sponsors became nervous. Ms. Boof currently lives in Southern California and has two sons. Kola Boof has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN; and has been featured in TV Guide, Time, the New York Post, and the New York Times.
“The Sexy Part of the Bible” published by Akashic Books (New York) is both controversial and mainstream. It received starred reviews from The Boston Globe and San Francisco Weekly and was praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Time Out New York and many others. It made Hey Small Press’s Best Book of the Year.
It tells the story of a beautiful and diabolical young African woman who harbors
a death-defying secret.
Through twilights of passion and adventure, she finds herself combating Western
Civilization’s “re-invention” of Africa as well as discovering her impatience for
injustice and her natural zeal for high life and glamor.
Her incessant fear of Dolls and her burgeoning sexuality are like raging rivers that
won’t be contained. This is not only a deeply sexual, deeply spiritual novel…it’s
a novel about the real Africa and one woman’s tragic desire to see it survive in
its own magical and wondrous image.
Controversial for its much discussed “sex scene with Jesus Christ” and the
true story of African apes kidnapping and raping African virgins on the eves of
their weddings…”The Sexy Part of the Bible” also presents us with an array of
unexpected characters…from a marijuana growing India Jones type Englishman
to a Muslim Woman practicing Witchcraft to a Transsexual Mother and Scientist
who is determined to alter time and the universe to her liking.
One Woman and One Man…for all time. Mother and son.
This is a powerful, poet and altogether unforgettable novel of self-love and the
violent unfairness…of identity.
There has never been a book like “The Sexy Part of the Bible.”
Kola Boof won the “2007 World Author’s Woman to Woman Pen” for Non-fiction, awarded for Kola Boof’s essay “I Am My Own Daughter”, which appeared in the popular Swedish feminist magazine, OTTAR—Sweden.
Her autobiography “Diary of a Lost Girl” was chosen by famed Princeton
Critic Kam Williams as the “U.S. Best Book of 2006.”
Kola Boof has been published in “Harper’s Magazine” and was included
alongside top literary writers Noam Chomsky, Charles Baxter, Z.Z. Packer and Stewart O’Nan in the groundbreaking short story anthology
An editor at Paris Review, Oliver Broudy, called Ms. Boof’s story “The One You Meet Everywhere”–the best story in the whole collection.
KIRKUS REVIEWS gave “Politically Inspired” a Starred Review and
wrote: “Not a dud in the bunch!”
In African literary circles that include Chinua Achebe, Ms. Boof is widely referred to as “Daughter of Chinweizu.” This comes from her
early “rebel girl” days in which Ms. Boof posed topless for the back of
her book covers and espoused the teachings of Nigeria’s greatest literary
Ms. Boof no longer poses topless on her books, but she has been dubbed “Africa’s most important new writer” by the great Chinweizu himself!
Kola Boof has published several novels and poetry collections on
small black imprints to much acclaim.
These titles include “Flesh and the Devil,” ”Long Train to the
Redeeming Sin,” “Nile River Woman” and “Pure Nigger Evil.”
She has been one of only two black writers to write for the internationally
aired soap opera, “Days of Our Lives.”
In 2008, the government of South Sudan rewarded Kola Boof for years of
activism by appointing her National Chairwoman of the U.S. branch of its
peace organization The SSPP.
An organization whose members include Francis Bok, Garba Diallo and Ambassador Dudley Thompson.
She has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX NEWS, CNN and featured in TV Guide, Time Magazine and the N.Y. Post and N.Y. Times.
PRAISE FOR KOLA BOOF:
The New York Times:
“The African Garbo…Kola Boof is earthy, angry and alluring.”
Madison Smart Bell, Boston Globe:
“The most jubilant celebration of black African beauty so far seen in the English language.”
“Kola Boof is a writer of courage, principle and loads of courageous
Stephen Elliott (“Happy Baby”, “Looking Forward to It”:
“Kola Boof writes like a singer. I loved ‘Long Train to the Redeeming Sin’.”
Tiki Barber, The Today Show:
“Kola, everyone should read your autobiography…it’s wonderful.”
Kam Williams, Princeton :
“My pick for the Best Book of 2006 is ‘Diary of a Lost Girl’ by Kola Boof.”
Keith Boykin (host, MY TWO CENTS, BET-J, MSNBC):
“Kola’s books haunt you long afer you’re done with them.”
SOLOMON AMADOU (famed Nigerian Critic):
“One of the most original, enigmatic and gifted literary voices
to burst on the scene in the last 15 years…Innovative books like
‘Long Train to the Redeeming Sin’, ‘Pure Niver Evil’, ‘Flesh
and the Devil’ and ‘Nile River Woman’ prove beyond a doubt
that Boof is in a class by herself. The living epitome of what
an artist should be.”
Sally Worwill (feminist Scholar, Sarah Lawrence):
“Kola Boof’s great magic is that she’s not afraid of squat!
Refreshing, daring, disturbing, imaginative and original.
I can’t believe she’s so underground.”