The Oshun Diaries by Diane Esguerra

The Oshun Diaries

High priestesses are few and far between, white ones in Africa even more so. When Diane Esguerra hears of a mysterious Austrian woman worshipping the Ifa river goddess Oshun in Nigeria, her curiosity is aroused.

It is the start of an extraordinary friendship that sustains Diane through the death of her son and leads to a quest to take part in Oshun rituals. Prevented by Boko Haram from returning to Nigeria, she finds herself at Ifa shrines in Florida amid vultures, snakes, goats’ heads, machetes, a hurricane and a cigar-smoking god. Her quest steps up a gear when Beyoncé channels Oshun at the Grammys and the goddess goes global.

Mystifying, harrowing and funny, The Oshun Diaries explores the lure of Africa, the life of a remarkable woman and the appeal of the goddess as a symbol of female empowerment.

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My review

This is an engrossing book. It explores a part of the world, Nigeria, then I suspect many European and American readers know very little about. In The Oshun Diaries we see both the mystic and grimmer parts of it and it makes for a fascinating read. The former is enlightening but the latter is depressing at times with corruption so rife.

The main thing I brought away from this book was what a courageous woman Diane is. She goes the upheaval of divorce, uncertainties at work, then through the shocking and harrowing experience in losing her beautiful son, and yet, with the help of the goddess, she finds resilience and the strength to go on. For her Oshun proved to be a focus for her considerable determination and resolve, and beyond doubt a crucial ingredient of her life.

The book is very moving at times, wryly amusing at others, even upbeat, and always full of sharp observation. It really is fascinating in depicting how other cultures live and they view the world and beyond.

Eye-opening and admirable.  


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Author Bio

Diane Esguerra is an English writer and psychotherapist. For a number of years she worked as a performance artist in Britain, Europe and the United States, and she has written for theatre and television. She is the recipient of a Geneva-Europe Television Award and a Time Out Theatre Award. She is previously the author of Junkie Buddha, the uplifting story of her journey to Peru to scatter her late son’s ashes.

She lives in Surrey with her partner David.


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