Armah confronts a key question that many Africans face on returning home from overseas. What is the most important thing that Africans who travel outside the continent to say, the United States, can bring home? Is it the ostentatious goodies so all can believe that they have indeed travelled?
Armah narrates the African experience for the past two thousand seasons of which a thousand seasons were wasted along lost paths and another thousand utilized for finding paths to the right way. There is no specificity to the place of origin of the story. Instead, the story stands for Africa and its people.
Ama Ata Aidoo’s dialogue is humorous and witty – it is almost like watching a play, writes Charlyn Kentaro. For a book written in the 1970s, Aidoo’s stories are not beleaguered by the usual heavy postcolonial messages. It is simply a masterful look at lives in Ghana in the 1960s which entertains just as much as it provokes thought.