Dear Upright African

A Call to Action for Taking History Into Our Own Hands


Upright African, we need a revolution in education to take our history back into our hands, and to perform it through our eyes for humanity and ourselves. Without question, our African histories are under siege by those who would rather we believed that Africa has no history and that colonialism is over.
     —From Dear Upright African   


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Dear Upright African
February 2019
61 pages
paperback ($9.95) | ebook ($4.95)
Africa | education | post-colonial studies 
4" x 6" 


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In this manifesto, Donald Molosi shows us what a decolonized Africa would look like. This matter is vital for people in school today. It is this sort of activism that our continent needs now.
     —Binyavanga Wainaina, author of How To Write About Africa


Palpably outraged, Molosi reminds us - sharing vivid examples - of how the metaphysical and physical engagement of empire with the African continent formed a carefully orchestrated strategy whose end result was to inflict large numbers of Africans, including African elites, with a chronic, debilitating self-hatred. Drawing from his extensive reading on the subject, Molosi offers practical remedies for the devastating crisis he chronicles.
     —Tsitsi Dangarembga, author of Nervous Conditions and This Mournable Body


Publicity, News, and Reviews 

WINNER: "Best Narrative Award at the African Authors Awards 2019" (South Africa)

Dear Upright African Launched in Germany (The Patriot)

Molosi Relishes Blue, Black and White's 10th Anniversary (Botswana Unplugged)

On 'Dear Upright African' (Tsitsi Dangarembga)

Molosi Set for World Tour to Promote New Book (The Voice) 

Dear Upright African to Conquer Europe's Biggest Book Festivals (Botswana Unplugged)

James Murua covers the release of DUA 



About Donald Molosi

Donald Molosi is a Botswana-born actor, writer, playwright, and activist. Molosi debuted off-Broadway in 2010 as Philly Lutaaya in Today It’s Me, making him the first Motswana to perform off-Broadway. In 2011, Molosi won the Best Short Solo Award at United Solo Theatre Festival for his performance as Seretse Khama in Blue, Black and White. In 2013, Molosi returned off-Broadway to perform Motswana: Africa, Dream Again. In 2016, The Mantle published a collection of these two plays about Botswana, We Are All Blue, for which former Botswana president Quett Masire wrote a foreword. In the same year, he acted opposite Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike and Emmy nominee David Oyelowo in A United Kingdom. Molosi also appears in 2063 (2019), opposite award-winning actor Thabo Rametsi (Kalushi, 2016).


[author photo by Frank Ellis]



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