It’s our very first discussion day for Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing from our reading schedule.
In p.44 Maame says,
Weakness is treating someone as though they belong to you. Strength is knowing that everyone belongs to themselves.
Our discussion questions this week take a look at how we negotiate our own and others’ identities.
1. Why do you think the relationship between Effia and her mother (Baaba) was strained?
2. Do you think there are any differences between how race is portrayed in the book and how Africans view race today?
3. Why do you think Quey felt he was safer in England? Why do you think he felt what he faced at home was more difficult than the challenges he faced living abroad? Do you think his reasons are still valid today for Africans who have lived abroad?
4. How significant do you think is the role Africans played in slavery? Do you think slavery would have had as much impact as it did if Africans weren’t directly involved?
Let’s chat below on the discussion questions from Part One: Effia (Chapter 1) – Ness (Chapter 4).