William Du Bois is a poet, performer and the lead member of Trotro Vibes, a group of performers who ‘bring art to the everyday people’. In fact, the artists’ mobile performance of songs and poetry is inspired by Ghana’s most used public transportation: Trotro. Their aim is to educate, inform, advocate and entertain commuters who use this mean of transportation.
Hahahahaha- chuckles and elating guffaws is what best characterizes this brilliant piece of comedy. The Blinkards by Sekyi Kobina afflicts the reader with fits of unbridled laughter intermittent by painful episodes of tearful revelations. The play satirizes the damaging influence of western culture on African societies. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: The Blinkards | Kobina Sekyi”
Another one of those books that holds an immense potential of being a spectacular piece of literature yet fails to meet the reader’s expectation. Ghana Must Go, unravels a matrix of family dilemmas that commence with the depature of the central character Kweku Sai. It is a tale of truimph over tragedy, love and loss. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Ghana Must Go | Taiye Selasi”
Kwei Quartey immediately captures the reader’s attention in his debut novel Wife of the Gods throughout the easy-to-read, fast-paced and suspense ridden action. Seamlessly written and told, the story follows Detective Inspector Darko Dawson who is impetuously assigned from the Criminal Investigations Department Headquarters in Accra, to lead a murder investigation in the small town, Ketanu, and neighbouring village, Bedome, in Ghana’s Volta Region. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: Wife Of The Gods | Kwei Quartey”
And there really isn’t! In this collection of eleven short stories, Aidoo explores a newly independent Ghana during its season of nominal “progress” and “freedom” to reveal through her characters’ conversations the true depth of national divide. Within social conversations (community chatter and clandestine dialogues) Aidoo creates a rhythmic uproar of witty, pious, condemning, bewildering, cunning and entertaining voices throughout each story. Continue reading “Bite-size Review: No Sweetness Here | Ama Ata Aidoo”