Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-discovery
List Price: 21.95
Available: November 2013
Following his sensational novel Nairobi To Shenzhen, Mark Obama Ndesandjo has written a revelatory memoir that is not only the story of a notoriously dysfunctional family which unexpectedly found itself in the spotlight of worldwide attention, but also the record of one man’s inspirational journey of self-discovery across three cultures: Kenyan, American and Chinese. It reveals the troubled yet intriguing relationship between Mark and his famous brother, Barack Obama, over a period of two decades. It is also a brutally honest depiction of the author’s often difficult life, and how he realized a dream by using music to reach and make a difference to the orphans of Shenzhen. Cultures is a powerfully written, moving examination of cultural identity, love, and the redemptive power of charity.
Born in Kenya and a resident of Shenzhen, China, for the past ten years, Mark is an accomplished pianist, writer, artist and businessman. He has a BSc. Physics from Brown University, an MSc. Physics from Stanford, and an Executive MBA from Emory University. He consults worldwide, using over 15 years of telecommunications and international marketing and branding experience gained as a senior manager at Lucent, Nortel and other communications companies. He is an HSK L7 (advanced) Mandarin speaker and writer, and an avid brush calligrapher. He has made three piano recordings, The Untimely Ones, Night Moods, and his own composition Reflections on William Blake, and regularly volunteers piano lessons to orphans in and around Shenzhen. Mark’s current writing projects include a translation of poems by the Tang Dynasty poet Li Shangyin.
In 2010 and 2011 respectively Mark was appointed Volunteer Image Ambassador and Special Olympics Image Ambassador by the People’s Republic of China. In 2013 he established a foundation to promote cultural exchange between Africa, Asia and America.