Ghanaian Literature Week 2 hosted by Kinna
Last year I read some really fantastic books but ended up reading mostly young adult as that was what I was able to source easiest on my Kindle. I read True Murder by Yaba Badoe, Mother’s Tribute by Diana McBagonluri, Between Sisters by Adwoa Badoe, and Powder Necklace by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond. I also read two adult fiction titles - Changes by Ama Ata Aidoo and a short story collection titled The Prophet of Zongo Street by Mohammed Naseehu Ali. This year I’ve read two additional Ghanaian titles – the nonfiction Daughters of Anowa by Mercy Amba Oduyoye and the short story collection Opening Spaces edited by Yvonne Vera which contained a story by Ama Ata Aidoo.
This yearI have a number of books sets aside to read and review, though I didn’t get as much of the planned advance reading in as I had been hoping to. I have The Housemaid by Amma Darko, Two Thousand Seasons by Ayi Kwei Armah, African Love Stories edited by Ama Ata Aidoo, The Other Crucifix by Benjamin Kwakye, Spellbound: Inside West Africa’s Witch Camps by Karen Palmer, Anowa and The Dilemma of a Ghost by Ama Ata Aidoo, The Chicken Thief by Fiona Leonard, and Ama by Manu Herbstein. I certainly won’t get them all read and reviewed, but I hope to feature a few reviews through the rest of the week. I’ve finished The Housemaid and am almost finished both African Love Stories and Two Thousand Seasons. Any recommendations on what I should pick up next?
Besides literature, Ghana has a lot to offer in other ways as well. I had been meaning to watch Yaba Badoe’s documentary on Ghanaian witch camps, The Witches of Gambaga, as part of this week’s festivities but of course I forgot to pack the movie and so it is sitting at home on my desk where I left it. Ghana also has some great music artists. For a taste, check out No One Knows by M3nsa – I really like this fun and upbeat song. Africa is a Country, This is Africa, and Okay Africa all often post Ghanaian music as well as culture and news information.
Another thing to celebrate about Ghana during this Ghanaian Literature Week is the many book bloggers from the country. Maybe other African countries have as many, but I’ve certainly interacted the most with those from Ghana and they’ve all made a big impact on what I read and when. These bloggers include Kinna herself, Nana who blogs at ImageNations, Geosi at Geosi Reads, Accra Books and Things, and Fiona at A Fork in the Road. Who else should I be following?
From what I see online, it seems that Ghana has a truly vibrant literary scene. I look forward to reading more literature from the country and thank Kinna for hosting this project and reminding me to read some of these books I’ve been collecting on my shelf!
There is still time to pick up a book yourself to read and review this week! Don’t miss out on the great authors and books coming out of the country.