This novel set in Ghana tells the intertwining stories of several women. It centers around Efia, a young housemaid working for Tika — a rich unmarried woman, and the plot she has schemed to steal her employer’s wealth. After Efia pretends to have unknowingly fallen pregnant at the request of her relatives from a poor rural Ghanaian village, her mother and grandmother blame Tika for not looking after Efia and demand compensation. As tensions escalate, these women are tested to see how far they’ll go to protect what’s theirs, or what they believe should be theirs. This novel is a great portrayal of the sometimes stark differences between urban and rural life. Amma Darko’s portrayal of a young woman’s apparent willingness to sacrifice her integrity to grasp onto city life is outstanding and unique.
We follow the lives of three generations of women in a Ghanian family in this novel. As Ghana is gaining its independence, Lizzie-Achiaa is learning what it means to come of age as a woman whilst continuing her quest to find her missing lover. Some years later, in the aftermath of the consecutive coups, Lizzie’s daughter Akua starts out her independent life as a new, single mother. Finally, Akua’s child Sugri leaves an overprotective mother and goes to university in New York City where she must grow into her own self. Besides delving into Ghana’s political history and Ghanaian society, Ayesha Harruna Attah deftly explores what it means to be free through the main characters’ eyes.
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The focus of this novel is an eight-year-old girl named Zaara who has cerebral palsy. After moving away from a busy life in the UK to Ghana with her parents, Zaara seems lost in the middle of a society that doesn’t understand her condition. People attribute her cerebral palsy to a spiritual cause and so Zaara is taken to numerous healers to be cured. All the while, her multicultural family starts to crumble due to incessant fights. Definition of a Miracle is an own-voice, coming-of-age story with a charismatic main character. Faced with adapting to Ghanaian culture, trying to fit in as an outsider and dealing with family problems, Zaara nevertheless retains her charm and likability throughout the novel.
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Set in a secluded village in the interior of Ghana, British forensic scientist Kayo is on a mission to investigate the circumstances behind the appearance of human remains in the village. Although he is highly trained in forensic research, the case continuously evades being solved. Kayo has to accept help of the villagers and adopt Ghanaian superstitions and local wisdom in order to get to the bottom of the mystery. In a skilful twist on the classic detective-novel format, Nii Ayikwei Parkes pits modernity, logic and science against tradition, myths and superstition.
When an AIDS worker is found dead outside the small town of Ketanu, detective Darko Dawson leaves Accra to lead the investigation. Since he speaks the region’s local language he’s the perfect choice to command the team and get to the bottom of the incident. As the usual suspects are rounded up — people moved by anger, jealousy, vengeance and even sex-related reasons — old wounds are reopened between Detective Dawson and his estranged family. Dawson, having experienced a more modern upbringing, struggles with a certain tradition he finds: young women being given to priests as Wives of the Gods. In this novel, Quartey weaves betrayal and mystery together with local Ghanaian traditions and charts the interplay of conflicting ethics in a changing society.
When Matilda Lamptey turns fourteen, she’s married off to a much older man — a Gold Coast lawyer named Robert Bannerman. This arrangement is not favorable to any of the two women affected: Robert’s first wife becomes deeply jealous and feels neglected, and Matilda is robbed of her childhood. Set against the backdrop of British colonial rule over Ghana in the 1930s, Matilda’s life goes through many changes and she must adapt to her new life as she tries to please everyone around her. Cloth Girl is an outstanding portrayal of life in Ghana during the 1930s. The descriptions of the streets are incredibly vivid, and Marilyn Heward Mills thoughtfully details the interaction between British and Ghanaian citizens during the end of the colonial rule.
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Following Kweku Sai’s sudden death in a suburban neighborhood in Accra, a broken family comes together to share their individual stories and grief. Estranged relatives, with seemingly nothing but Kweku Sai in common, after years of separation meet once again in Ghana. Their secrets, feelings and fears are the glue that bonds them back together as they mourn Kweku’s death. Ghana Must Go is a touching novel that explores the inner workings of a modern, dysfunctional family. Spanning from Ghana to Nigeria, from England to the United States, this is a testament to family love that does not easily fade away.
This collection of short stories analyses life in postcolonial Ghana, highlighting the changing values of a country seeking to establish its identity at the turn of the century. Ama Ata Aidoo ties all the stories together with the underlying question of whether traditional values have a place in the Ghanaian society of the future. Set throughout Ghana, in cities and rural villages alike, these stories showcase the life of its citizens, their struggles and their feelings. Told from the point of view of men, women and children, Aidoo’s stories are worth the read if you’re interested in writers who are skillful enough to tell intensely human stories alongside exploring generational conflict.
together with the underlying question of whether traditional values have a place in the Ghanaian society of the future. Set throughout Ghana, in cities and rural villages alike, these stories showcase the life of its citizens, their struggles and their feelings. Told from the point of view of men, women and children, Aidoo’s stories are worth the read if you’re interested in writers who are skillful enough to tell intensely human stories alongside exploring generational conflict.
Yaa Gyasi’s novel follows eight generations of a family beginning with two sisters separated in the eighteenth century in Ghana. Effia and Esi are two sisters born into different villages whose fates have nothing in common: one is sold off into slavery, and the other marries a rich Englishman. As their lives continue away from their hometowns, their descendants