Elizabeth of Toro: The Odyssey of an African Princess: An Autobiography

Elizabeth of Toro, Author Simon & Schuster $19.45 (287p) ISBN 978-0-671-67395-6
Daughter of one of the kings of the four tribes that formerly ruled Uganda, Elizabeth of Toro is among the most intriguing and accomplished contemporary African women. Only the third African woman to graduate from Cambridge University and Uganda's first female attorney, in the 1960s the princess embarked on a highly successful career as an international fashion model, partly, she explains here, to persuade the West of the beauty and sophistication of the Ugandan people. In the 1970s she turned to public service. Idi Amin, whom she initially viewed as a demented savior and whom she later rejected as a potential husband, appointed her foreign minister in 1974; during the politically sensitive years of transition to the current democratic regime, she was Uganda's ambassador to the United States. With disarming modesty, the princess's intelligent and gripping autobiography allows historical events precedence over her own often dramatic adventures. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
Paperback - 287 pages - 978-0-671-67396-3
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