Here is a definitive book on African migration to Australia, recounted as a thrilling rendition of human adventure, fear, suffering and accomplishment.
The good news in this book is that a thriving African-Australian community has emerged in the land Down Under; a community that has made a significant contribution to the Australian society in the 21st Century, while still asserting the values of its own cultures.
Nevertheless, as the author would have us believe, there are enormous challenges facing the new and emerging African community in Australia. Issues such as racism, unemployment, poverty, and welfare dependency, and the problem of transition are well discussed and documented throughout the book. These are the issues many Africans have experienced on a daily basis.
The Africans in Australia is based on face-to-face interviews; and the book is well enriched with relevant case studies of the new arrivals.
The study is informed by author’s wealth of experience and intimate involvement in the affairs of the people he is writing about. This gives him an inside knowledge of the subject matter, in a very special way.
The central theme that runs through this book concerns the socio-economic problems, personal insecurities, and the enormous challenges facing the new generations of African migrants in Australia today.
Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo ranges widely in his research and analysis of the African experience; discussing difficult issues such as female genital mutilation and the cultural implications of this ancient practice. His work is both exhaustive and reflective as he seeks to define the African migrants experience in Australia.
The book is not so much a study of the history of African migration to Australia; but rather, it is a well thought-out analysis of the recent development and growth of African communities in this country and the post-migration conditions in which African migrants and refugees find themselves.
After reading the book, one can’t help thinking that the story of African migration and settlement in Australia is a story of hope, of accomplishment, and of frustration.
The book is well written and easy to read. In fact, it should be read by all those interested in African studies and research.