Egyptian-Sudanese-American novelist KOLA BOOF
Award winning novelist Kola Boof was born Naima Bint Harith circa 1969 in Omdurman, Sudan to Arab Egyptian archeologist Harith Bin Farouk and his wife Jiddi, a charcoal black Gisi-Waaq Oromo. Kola’s birth parents were murdered in her presence in 1978 for speaking out against slavery and other atrocities by the Sudanese government. In 1979, Kola was adopted and thereafter raised in Washington, D.C. by Black Americans, Marvin and Claudine Johnson. In 1993, as an adult, Kola Boof became a citizen of the United States and has lived in the U.S. almost 30 years. She has also lived in 11 other countries.
Kola Boof lived for years in hiding due to her criticism of Islam and the Arab world. A 2003 U.N. Report by Freedom House published online documents an order by the Arab North Sudanese government to have Boof killed for the controversial books she writes criticizing Arab and Muslim culture. Boof had to live under fake aliases provided by Witness Protection including dead people.
From 1994 to 1999, Kola Boof (using the name Naima Kitar) was a model-actress in Tel Aviv, Israel and appeared in Arab B-film sex comedies throughout the Arabic North African world including her father's country, Egypt and Libya, Morocco.
She reportedly became the mistress of Sudan's Vice President Hasan al-Turabi in 1995 and mistress of his protege Osama Bin Laden the following year, 1996. Boof was also regularly employed as a [paid party girl] for Egypt's President Mubarak at Sharm el Sheik and for Libyan leader Moamar Khadafi at White Bride both in 1995. In an autobiography, Boof said that actresses without hair covered got more work in Arab countries by being Professional Party Hostesses at government functions. In 1997, she did spy work for South Sudan's Rebel factions, notably the SPLA, under Commanders Yaka and Athor. In 2002, Kola Boof's allegiance to Israel caused her to be labeled a traitor by Arab Muslims and Black American activists branded her a "Jew lover." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu featured Boof on his website and called her: "One of the ten women in the world I most admire." Under U.S. Federal Protection due to death threats from Arab Muslim extremists in her native Sudan, Kola Boof lived under various fake identities (including dead people) provided by Witness Protection but refused to give up her public career as a novelist causing Federal protection to end. Boof's autobiography, "Diary of a Lost Girl" became a controversial bestseller in 2006.
Boof married an electrical contractor for the U.S. State Department Simon Palacio around 1997 and settled down after having two sons. Following separation, media reports romantically linked Kola Boof with the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma (a fling that caused South African press to dub her "Whore of Africa"). Boof has also been romantically linked with actors Djimon Hounsou, Gerard Butler, boxer Mike Tyson and Sudanese basketball star Luol Deng. By 2010 she was engaged to Black American legal activist Posr A Posr of Harlem. In July 2013, Kola Boof married airline pilot and businessman Jason Appelbaum.
In summer 2006 Boof's past as mistress of Osama Bin Laden ignited a media frenzy in the U.S., and though the relationship was against her will, the scandal caused Ms. Boof to lose her writing post at NBC/SONY's "Days of Our Lives" after sponsors Jiff Peanut Butter and Tide Detergent became nervous. Not before making history at "Days of Our Lives," however. Kola Boof had already introduced the landmark character E.J. Wells DiMera and had the deciding vote in casting James Scott in the role. Under contract to SONY PICTURES, Kola Boof continued ghost-writing for "The Young and the Restless" and was briefly a consultant for the Televest/CBS soap "As the World Turns."
Kola Boof's most recent novel "THE SEXY PART OF THE BIBLE" (Akashic Books) became one of the most acclaimed books of 2011. The Boston Globe, San Francisco Weekly and literary giants such as Madison Smart Bell and Derrick Bell (no relation) proclaimed her to be a literary talent of monumental proportions. "THE SEXY PART OF THE BIBLE" made Best of Year lists in the U.S. and became a success in Nigeria and South Africa.
Boof is the author of other powerful literary works including FLESH AND THE DEVIL, VIRGINS IN THE BEEHIVE and the story collection LONG TRAIN TO THE REDEEMING SIN. She hosts a weekly Video Blog on Youtube.
Boof is a professional cook and has become famous for various recipes posted on the internet. *CHECK Publishers Marketplace "DEALS SECTION" for her latest Book Sales.
Kola Boof has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN; and has been featured in TV Guide, Time, the New York Post, and the New York Times. Ms. Boof currently lives in Southern California and has two sons.
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Books by Kola Boof (Published in the U.S. )
The Sexy Part of the Bible (Akashic) 2011
Virgins In the Beehive (e-book only//Atlantic Library) 2010
Diary of a Lost Girl (Autobiography) 2006
Flesh and the Devil (a novel) 1995/US: 2004
Long Train to the Redeeming Sin (short stories) 1998/US: 2004
Nile River Woman (Poetry) 1997/US: 2004
Harper’s Magazine (2006)
Politically Inspired (anthology by Stephen Elliot) 2003
“Best Book of 2006”—“Diary of a Lost Girl: The Autobiography of Kola Boof”, chosen by PRINCETON Critic Kam Williams Year of 2006 List/United States.
SWEDEN--“2007 World Author’s Woman to Woman Pen” (Kavinna till Kavinna) for Non-fiction, awarded for Kola Boof’s essay “I Am My Own Daughter”, which appeared in the popular Swedish feminist magazine, OTTAR—Sweden.
The award is called in Swedish, "Kavinna till Kavinna".
In 2008, government officials in South Sudan rewarded Kola Boof for years of activism by appointing her National Chairwoman of the U.S. branch of its peace organization The SSPP.
She has been interviewed by MSNBC, FOX NEWS, CNN and featured in TV Guide, Time Magazine and the N.Y. Post and N.Y. Times.