The sixteen short stories gathered in this anthology come from various corners of Africa and the rest of the world. Written over the last half a century – right up to the present day – by both renowned authors and those whose fame is now in the making, some published before, others appearing here for the first time, they represent fascinating examples of this widely beloved genre. In the wisdom and beauty of their narrative worlds, the readers discover reality in new and stirring ways, and are memorably reminded of what a great gift it is to live – with pain, struggle, learning, love, joy, and all.The carefully selected stories on HIV/AIDS, corruption, gender issues, environmental concerns, dehumanising and selfish acts of those perpetrating violence, provide the reader with a platform to debate and discuss them, and to positively influence change towards a better world. These fascinating stories from many parts of the world bring into focus the need to appreciate diverse cultures and embrace the uniqueness that makes us one.Emilia Ilieva is currently an Associate Professor of Literature at Egerton University, Njoro. Her scholarly work has appeared in publications world-wide. Waveney Olembo is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Literature at Kenyatta University. Her publications are in the areas of poetry, and Caribbean and African Literature.