KCAA Presents Roseanne Barr and Kathleen Wells, with guest, writer/author, Kola Boof
Kola Boof is a writer, however, she is also famously known or rather infamously known, for being the unwilling mistress of Osama bin Laden
She was born Naima Bint Harith in Omdurman, Sudan to an Arab Egyptian archeologist father and, a Gisi-Waaq Oromo mother.
In 1978, Kola’s birth parents were murdered in her presence for speaking out against slavery and other atrocities by the Sudanese government, and in the following year, she was adopted and raised in Washington, D.C. by Black Americans -- Marvin and Claudine Johnson.
In 1993, Kola Boof became a citizen of the United States. In 1994, she returned to North Africa to pursue a career in modeling and acting.
Ms. Boof has written for NBC’s “Days of Our Lives”
She 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.
Her LATEST NOVEL:“The Sexy Part of the Bible” -- 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
Ms. 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.”
Kola Boof won the “2007 World Author’s Woman to Woman Pen” for Non-fiction, awarded for her 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.”
She 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 “Politically Inspired“.
An editor at Paris Review, Oliver Broudy, called Ms. Boof’s story “The One You Meet Everywhere”–the best story in the whole collection.
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 Scholar, Chinweizu.
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!
Praise for Ms. Boof's work:
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.”