Africa’s Child — the unforgettable journey of Aerobics With Soul® creator Maria Nhambu from an orphanage in Africa to an accomplished life in the United States.
Left as a days-old infant at an orphanage for mixed race children in Tanzania, she was raised by German nuns. She endured abuse, bullying, hardships, and loneliness but learned to dance to her own beat and the music playing in her heart.
She was labeled a “child of sin” and forbidden to dance like the Africans. Despite abandonment, severe illnesses, poverty, physical and emotional trauma, racial discrimination, and sexual exploitation, Nhambu not only survived her childhood but triumphed. Her faith and resilience, along with a belief in learning and her tenacious pursuit of an education, sustained her. Dance, especially African tribal dance, became the way she healed and nourished her spirit.
Nhambu tells her inspiring story with warmth and humor. Her questioning mind probes the African tribal realities and multi-cultural complexities that impacted her life.
Through the love and commitment of an American teacher at a high school run by Maryknoll nuns in Tanzania, Nhambu was able to realize her dream of education and a new life for herself. The first book in her three-part memoir ends as she is leaving Africa for university studies in America on a full scholarship.
Live her story with her. She will astound and inspire you.