Born in kush

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1960s & '70s

Davide Tanzi

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Davide Tanzi has lived a life marked by loss and loneliness. Torn from a carefree childhood in Ethiopia and his beloved mother at a young age, he was forced to begin a new life in Italy with his alcoholic and abusive father. Longing for guidance and love, he was instead physically and mentally beaten and terrorized by his father and discriminated against and bullied because of his mixed heritage. Yet from a broken and dysfunctional childhood, Davide learned to take the small nuggets of joy and turn them into hope, propelling himself to a career as a dancer and musician in three different countries. Along the way, he gained a clarity and vision that would give him the strength to move past his hardships and claim the life he had always dreamed of. Born in Kush is the inspirational story of one man’s journey to find faith and purpose. But on a deeper level, this touching memoir laced with nuggets of wisdom and guidance is a real and personal testament to perseverance and pursuing your dreams despite setbacks, offering proof that it’s never too late to start over, or to find your way home.


Biographical, Family, Children's, Melodrama, Memoir, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Young Adult, Drama,

Short Summary

I was born to an Italian white man and an Ethiopian black woman. My life has always been a constant journey of understanding and reconciling with my identity and trying to fit in a judgmental society. I’d like to share my life’s journey with you through this book.


Addis Ababa(Ethiopia), Parma(Italy), London(England), Brussels(Belgium), Toronto(Canada)

Based on a True Story


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Main Character Details

Name: Davide Tanzi (a.k.a.) Zemede Alemayehu .

Age: 5

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Badass, Confident, Decisive, Educated, Sarcastic, Adventurous, Aspiring, Charming, Crazy, Engaging, Empathetic, Funny

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Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2019

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