Benjamin Kwakye’s award winning novel, The Clothes of Nakedness, is a gripping story told with utter liveliness and candour and which reveals how corruption could subtly eat deep into the fabrics of men and women alike. It shows the relationship between the rich and the poor in urban Ghana and how the position of the rich could easily influence the poor in taking decisions.
Kwakye’s book, The Sun by Night (published in 2006) won the 2006 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best Book in the Africa region. It begins like a riddle which seeks to unravel the secrets surrounding the death of an Accra prostitute. The story surrounds the arrest and trial of a rich man called Koo Manu who is both a wealthy businessman and a respected politician and is being tried for murdering a prostitute.
Africa Book Club interviews Benjamin Kwakye, one of Africa’s most successful contemporary writers. An award winning author, whose book, “The Sun by Night” won the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Africa Region), he is currently based in the US, where he practises law. He is also a director for a non-governmental organization that promotes science education in Africa. Kwakye’s latest book, The Other Crucifix, came out in late 2010 and was published by Ayebia Clarke Publishing.
Benjamin Kwakye’s latest book, The Other Crucifix, tells the story of Jojo Badu, a young man from Ghana who wins a scholarship to study in the USA at one of the country’s most prestigious universities.