Published: Eye Books (August 2019)

ISBN: 9781785631474

The Oshun Diaries

Diane Esguerra


Encounters with an African Goddess

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.


In the windowless, earthen-floored bar with its ineffective plastic fly-screen and unwiped tables, we sipped Fanta and chewed on stale Lincoln biscuits. I let out a sigh. ‘I can’t believe I’ve come all this way for nothing.'

Ebis smiled. ‘No journey is ever wasted.’




‘Diane Esguerra is a very fine writer’

Eddy Canfor Dumas




Diane Esguerra

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 lives in Surrey with her partner David.

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