Born in Accra, Ghana, Ayesha Harruna Attah was educated at Mount Holyoke College and Columbia University, and received an MFA in creative writing from NYU in 2011. She is a 2014 Africa Centre Artists in Residency Award Laureate.
Awarded a fellowship from Per Ankh Publishers and TrustAfrica, Ayesha wrote and published her debut novel, Harmattan Rain, in 2009. It was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Her recently released second novel, Saturday’s Shadows (World Editions), was shortlisted for the Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2014. In this interview with the Africa Book Club, she talks about her writing.