In Spotlight this month, Africa Book Club interviews Kwei Quartey. A crime fiction writer, Quartey made the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List in 2009. The following year, the G.O.G. National Book Club awarded him the title of Best Male Author. Having published Wife of the Gods (2009), Children of the Street (2011), Murder at Cape Three Points (2014), he anticipates publication of the fourth Darko Dawson novel in the series, Gold of the Fathers, in early January 2016. Quartey currently lives in Pasedena, California
This month, Africa Book Club speaks to Ghanaian writer, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond. Nana (nanaekua.com) is an accomplished author and copywriter, who has written for AOL, The Village Voice, JET Magazine, Metro, and Trace Magazine, among others. Her short stories have been published in African Writing and the anthology This Woman’s Work; while her poem, “The Whinings of a Seven Sister Cum Laude Graduate Working Bored as an Assistant,” was published in the anthology Growing up Girl. A cum laude graduate of Vassar College, she attended secondary school in Ghana. Her debut novel, Powder Necklace (published by Simon and Schuster) was released in 2010 and was featured as one of our 2010 Books of the Year.
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.
Set in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, Everything good Will Come is a story about Enitan, the only child of a lawyer father and a fanatic mother who turns to religion as a means of escape instead of dealing with her marital problems. Enitan is a spoilt child who has lived a sheltered life, and is only exposed to another perspective of the world because of her friendship with Sheri.
Powder Necklace is a coming of age novel where the main character, Lila searches for her own identity through several travels she embarks upon. Initially, Lila lives with her divorced mother in London but soon after, her mother sends her to Ghana where Lila ends up attending a school called Dadaba Senior Secondary School
Author Kwei Quartey earns a nod of admiration for his literary performance in Wife of the Gods. Quartey eloquently constructed a tale that exhibited authentic Ghanaian culture. Whether by describing various foods, languages, or customs, Quartey seemed to effortlessly familiarize the reader to numerous traditions.
In her books, Darko has been keen on exploring issues concerning women as the society in which we live in. She seems to frown on certain aspects of the woman’s world. And in The Housemaid, right from the onset, Darko presents before the reader what is at stake for the ‘she’ in the Ghanaian society.
Harmattan Rain, published by Per Ankh in 2008, is the debut novel from the Ghanaian writer, Ayesha Harruna Attah. At 434 pages, the novel shows the depth of time and effort spent in writing it and I must confess that the first chapter alone hooked me in. The book is divided into three parts and […]
Mara is a young woman who travels from the village to the city and then finally ends up in Munich, Germany. It is her father who gives her away to marriage to the son of the village undertaker in exchange for “two white cows, four healthy goats, four lengths of cloth, beads, gold jewelry and two bottles of London Dry Gin