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Luciana's sky, between Italy and Savannah

Autobiography of the italian "Power Ranger" in Kenya

19-06-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

A straightforward life, often taken in a sour mood, cheerful and little inclined to conformism and homologation, but at the same time tied to the great values that never betray you: parents, friends, one's own land.
In the case of Luciana Franci, a well-known face and smile among Italians in Kenya, there are two lands: her native Maremma and her adopted land, Kenya.
These two worlds and two lives (while waiting for at least a third...) have been united by her character, passion, the fact that she never ceases to surprise and excite, and that "Heaven is there".
The "Power Ranger", as she is called in Malindi, has made herself appreciated by everyone as a professional safari guide, available to work with all hotels, private individuals and agencies.
Yes, because Luciana, at the dawn of her fifty-five years, is facing the most challenging and bastard safari that exists. But those who know her can imagine that she has not turned back even for a minute, and has even decided to fill the emptiness and the wait for days away from "her" savannah, rewinding her entire life up to her arrival in Kenya, like a film that tastes as good as the bread that the Franci family have always baked in Tuscania.
"Che cielo che c'è" is an autobiography written from the heart, told to the reader as if he were a new friend sitting on his off-road vehicle on a red Tsavo track.
Between the lines and the chapters that narrate a rural childhood, a restless adolescence, journeys and many strong friendships, a broken marriage and a distant son, African adventures up to the illness lived without the slightest self-pity, it seems to hear his thunderous laughter, a smiling expletive, a new African anecdote, a joke or a popular story of the Maremma region of Lazio rediscovered who knows where.
The savannah welcomes you with its colours, its scents and the sounds of the animals that live there," he writes in the book. "The night is a magical moment, embodying all the poetry of such a special place. The fire that crackles outside my tent, the warmth of its flames, the smoke that slowly rises in soft spirals towards the night sky, like a great roof over my head. The bright lights of the stars illuminating the darkness, far away from those of home, but in the end, the same ones that watch my distant friends, but close in their hearts. My cigarette in my hand, burning slowly, as thoughts enter my head. As I let my gaze wander across the night sky, I find myself thinking and reconsidering how, from my homeland, I ended up on the African continent for real".
This is Luciana Franci, take it or leave it: at the centre of the scene is an authentic person under any sky and any quirk of fate.  
We are not surprised that the founder of "Passione Africa" has decided, with this book, to help one of the projects that we care most about and that Karibuni Onlus is dealing with, the protection of the mijikenda elders threatened by the new generations that kill them accusing them of witchcraft, with the intention of taking possession of their land. If you buy "Che cielo che c'è" (Europa Edizioni, Chronos series, € 20) directly from the author, part of the proceeds will go to Karibuni's project to build decent traditional houses for these people who have had to leave their villages and live as displaced persons in camp tents. These are the data for the bank transfer: Payee: FRANCI LUCIANA Bank: BANCO BPM - IBAN: IT71P05034032880000005280 - BIC/SWIFT: BAPPIT21G81
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