In Yaba Badoe’s True Murder, we meet Ajuba, an eleven year old, shipped off to a boarding school in Devon by her Ghanaian father, following the breakup of her parents’ marriage and her mother’s mental breakdown. At her new school, Ajuba makes friends with Polly Venus, a new girl, who comes from a glamorous but dysfunctional family. Their friendship sees Ajuba spend most her school breaks with Polly and her family. One summer holiday, Ajuba and Polly discover what they believe to be the bones of kittens. Later, they realize that their discovery is not what they think it is
In the Twelfth Heart, we meet Mercy Tiwaa Gyemfi, the narrator, a young girl who has just arrived in Accra to attend St Felice Mixed Senior High School. Her choice of school is mainly driven by a desire to escape Aboagyekrom, the poor, idle, uninteresting village that until now has been her home.
Ayittey’s latest book, released on November 8, 2011, and published by Palgrave McMillan, sets out proposals to, “help oppressed people elsewhere in the world battling dictators and struggling to bring democratic change to their countries peacefully – without violence, without firing a shot, and without Western help or intervention.
Kwabena Ankomah – Kwakye’s ‘The Deliverer’ won the 2010 Burt Award for African Literature (Ghana) runner-up prize. And at only 86 pages, the book is a welcome reminder of the wealth of fresh and new talents springing up in Ghana. Although the story draws heavily from a historical reservoir, it is not one of those narratives where fiction is substituted for history texts books.