“Sahara: Piercing the Thatch Ceiling”


chardson, TX, May 26, 2020/ IEM PRESS is pleased to announce the release of a book titled “Sahara: Piercing the Thatch Ceiling

By A/Prof. MIMMIE CLAUDINE NGUM CHI WATTS, Ph.D.

‘Sahara, Piercing the Thatch Ceiling’ narrates the story and journey of Sahara, a composite character through an intersectional gender lens. It is an intercultural, African, intergenerational, migrant, refugee and an Australian story. The characters in this book have to navigate trials and obstacles experienced across the whole spectrum of the African diaspora from skilled migrants to refugees. Yet it is a story of ultimate triumph, thanks to the collective power of this group of women, the strength of their relationships, the will to persist through any hardship, and the determination to succeed. Cultural elements are woven through the stories in a way that gleans understanding while letting the narrative flow. In the human weaknesses and strengths that it reveals, Sahara and her friends and other characters in the book embrace the migrant dream.



The book has been highly recommended as a must-read:

Sahara Piercing the Thatch Ceiling is a beautifully told story flowing with the rhythm and tempo of oral tradition and layered with irresistible melodies of the written form. Signposted with the universal tribulations of emotional growing pains, grief, and separation intertwined with notions of culture and identity melded with gender based and racial tensions, Sahara’s journey is narrated in such a profoundly engaging and captivating manner that it simultaneously celebrates and challenges the strength of the human spirit.

Stani Goma, Pharmacist and a Radio Presenter - Flight 106.7 to Africa. Melbourne, Australia


This book is a must read! I read the book during my visit to Australia on my flight back to Ethiopia! It will help you achieve your goals from an intriguing journey and be a good leader in life.

Dr Asrat is the President of the University of Gondar, Ethiopia





A sensitively written novel about an African Family educated within the cultural traditions of their Village. Moving into a modern world is both difficult and challenging, but over a period of time Sahara achieves this with grit and determination, proving that dreams can come true. An emotional read enlightening one about the difficulties Sahara faced, when, “Piercing the Thatched Roof”.

Jan Cooper, Retired teacher, Melbourne, Australia


This awe-inspiring book “Sahara Piercing the Thatched Ceiling” takes you on an intriguing journey letting you settle with the past, engage in the present and believe in the future. This book is a lesson on life as a voyage that is homeward bound, worth living and celebrating!

Dr. Evangeline Asafor Ngwashi - Author & Motivational Speaker

Advisory Board Member, Funders USA / Quality MD/ College Food Network, FL. USA



The book is wonderful to read. It is written with very clear and understandable language. The flow of the ideas and their coherence is well structured and articulated. The characters and the features are well aligned and harmonized. Reading every chapter of the book is a learning forum on the life experiences of human beings and their ups and downs. In general, the book shows the great struggle of a wonderful and visionary African woman who is very dedicated, humble, competent and communicative making extra ordinary efforts with upgrading her competencies and solidarity to become in a better position and status and to serve her society in a better way.

A/Prof Tesfay Academic, School of Public Health, Mekelle University, Ethiopia



I highly recommend Sahara, Piercing the Thatch Ceiling for aspiring women and their supporters to follow the Australian journey related to and written by Mimmie Watts. There is much to be appreciated and learnt about making progress along the way, despite the setbacks.

Dr Fred Zerfas is a former UNICEF Executive with over six decades of experience Public Health.




The book, “Sahara Piercing The Thatch Ceiling: Sahara” author Dr Mimmie Watts takes the position on ‘gender lenses’ on intercultural, intergenerational , refugees and migrants, with a particular focus on African women refugee and migrants settling in multicultural Australia.

DR. Berhan M. Ahmed, Victorian Australian of the year 2009 and CEO of African Australian Multicultural Employment and youth Services,





Order your copies here!!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1947662880/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_oyuZEb2XNY3XH via @amazon


About IEMPRESS:

IEMPRESS is a fast growing book publishing company that specializes in Inspiring, Equipping and Motivating people to tell their stories. We believe in the uniqueness of each person’s story and the benefits associated with sharing these stories with others. We also believe that children should be empowered and equipped to tell their own stories as well. IEMPRESS publishes books in multiple languages across many different genres. IEMPRESS, headquartered in Richardson,Texas USA and is a subsidiary of IEM APPROACH and can be visited at https://www.erictangumonkem.com/

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