There is so much to appreciate when it comes to Ghanaian literature. However, while many of us have read Shakespeare we’ve been ignorant to some of our own great reads.
Here are 6 Ghanaian classic books you need to read at least once.
The Beautyful Ones are not yet born.
The debut novel from Ayi Kwei Armah tells the tale of a nameless man reconciling with a morally-lacking post-independence Ghana. This is a must read which highlights Ghana as then as Ghana is as now. With the question of what it means to be honourable when everything else refuses to be.
The Blinkards by Kobina Sekyi is a classic comedy to have you in bits. Considered Ghana’s earliest play, The Blinkards tells the satirical tale of Ghanaians who forfeit their culture for that of colonizers.
In the Chest of a Woman
This drama by the late and illustrious playwright Efo Kodjo Mawugbe is a treatment on patriarchy and the lengths to which a strong woman would go to prove her worth in traditional society. Melding comedy with drama, this book will expose you to perspective in the battle of the sexes you may have overlooked.
Changes: A Love Story.
Ama Ata Aidoo bequeaths to us this beautiful book that chronicles the life of a career-centred divorcee who marries into a polygamist union. Why would any woman do that? Beats me. Let’s find out together in this promise of a great read.
Search sweet country.
Kojo Laing presents a 1970s Ghana under the microscope of individuals on a journey of want. Giving us familiar motifs and visions, the book tells us of the sprawling city and the people that live in them: an idealistic professor, a beautiful young witch, a wide-eyed student, a corrupt politician, a healer and a man intent on founding his own village. Be prepared for a whirlwind of a journey and the experience of a once-upon-a-time Ghanaian dream.