Ten Exceptional Non-Fiction Writers from Ghana you should read

 

Two weeks ago, Gird Centre brought you a list of ten contemporary fiction writers. Through their creativity and brilliance, they have broadened literary spaces, providing variety and quality. Today, we bring you another list of contemporary Ghanaian writers of non-fiction. We believe their contributions to telling the experiences of society, has played an important role in quickening the collective consciousness of Ghanaians. We hope you find a wonderful read from the works of any of the writers below:

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  1. Malaka Grant– Malaka Grant is a Ghanaian-American writer. Rarely does any issue of social relevance escape her notice, especially in relation to gender, African identity, motherhood and sexuality. Malaka gets you to look at issues from several angles; she gives the account people would rather sweep under the rugs. She makes you feel, and laugh, and reject with disgust the injustices that have long been accepted by the Ghanaian as ‘culture’. Apart from non-fiction, Malaka writes fiction and children’s stories. She has five books to her credit, namely, Madness and Tea, Lover of Her Sole, Daughters of Swallows, Yaa Traps Death in a Basket and Sally & The Butterfly. You can read some of her work on her blog, https://mindofmalaka.com.

 

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  1. Nana Oforiatta Ayim– Nana Oforiatta Ayim is a writer as well as an art historian and a filmmaker. After living abroad for a decade, Nana returned to Ghana with the vision of contributing to an ardent reinvention of the narrative of and about Africa. Her dream is to seek the untold, undocumented stories and retell it. Nana has written extensively on contemporary African arts while facilitating numerous research and exhibition projects internationally. In 2012, Nana Oforiatta Ayim founded a cultural research platform known as ANO with the aim of helping artists “at the early stage of their career to find a foothold within the art world here [in Ghana] and also internationally so they don’t feel like they have to go and live in London or Paris or New York in order to be artists.” Nana Oforiatta Ayim’s writing has appeared in publications such as The National Geographic, The Statesman, The Dubliner and Time Out. Her first novel will be published in 2017.

 

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  1. Nana Awere Damoah– Nana Awere Damoah is a multi-talented writer. Nana believes in creating his own style anytime he writes. In his non-fiction writing, Nana introduces a diversity of style such poetry, storytelling and satire. Nana’s works have been published in the Legon Business Journal, Sentinel Nigeria Magazine and African Roar which is published by StoryTime. Some of Nana Awere Damoah’s works of non-fiction include I Speak of Ghana (2013), Through the Gates of Thought (2010) and Excursions in my Mind (2008). In 2015, Nana released Sebetically Speaking; a collection of humorous and satirical articles, focused mainly on socio-political happenings in Ghana. Nana keeps a personal blogs as well. You can visit any of his blog to find out what Nana has been cooking even as this list was being  compiled https://nanaaweredamoah.wordpress.com or http://nanadamoah.com

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  1. Nana Darkoa Sakyiamah– Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is a writer and blogger who focuses on stories that explore issues around the diverse sexualities of African women. She is the curator of ‘Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women’, a highly acclaimed and widely read blog on African women and sexuality. Nana started this blog with Malaka Grant. Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women’ is a safe space for African women to talk about sex and sexuality. Nana Darkoa has written several pieces for This is Africa and The Guardian. Visit her blog at http://adventuresfrom.com

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  2. Richard Akita-Richard Akita is an entrepreneur and life coach. He is passionate about seeing people serve their communities as best as they can; he believes that the gifts that people have can be maximised through constant use, under the right conditions of mentorship and encouragement. Richard is a teacher, motivational speaker and mentor. Some of his works include Power of One: One Idea, One Decision, One Action; Cheat on Fear; Every Day in Love: Inspirational Love Expressions & Insightful Quotes.

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  1. Nana Ama Agyeman Asante- Nana Ama Agyeman Asante is a journalist and a writer. She is currently a co-host of the Citi Breakfast Show on Citi FM, an Accra based radio station. Nana Ama keeps a personal blog on https://nnyamewaa.com .From politics through to gender and sexuality, Nana Ama is unafraid to tackle what is controversial. The candour and boldness of her writing stands out; she calls it as it is. You can catch up with Nana Ama on her weekly podcast, Radio Unfiltered.  Radio Unfiltered explores all national conversations – politics, policy, economy, minority rights and other issues through the lens of women. Join the discussions here:  https://soundcloud.com/radio_unfiltered
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  2. Ebenezer Amankwah– Ebenezer Amankwah is the author of Ahead of the Game: Afare Donkor and Ghana’s Financial Renaissance. According to Ebenezer, the story was inspired by the shocking resolutions which the founder of CAL Bank, Afare Donkor, made at an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) of the bank in 2008. The book chronicles a series of actions and reactions including the removal of the managing director of the bank, Frank Brako and a block trade on the Stock Exchange. Ebenezer has worked as a journalist at Citi FM; he previously worked as Corporate Affairs Manager at Standard Chartered Bank and is currently the Corporate Communications Manager at Vodafone Ghana. Ebenezer’s first book Ahead of the Game: Afare Donkor and Ghana’s Financial Renaissance, was launched in 2015.

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  1. Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe– Kukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe characterizes herself as a memoirist, essayist, and writer of social commentary. Kuukua is the author of several essays and prose poems. Some of her essays have been anthologized in: African Women Writing Resistance (UW Press), Becoming Bi: Bisexual Voices from Around the World (BRC), and Inside Your Ear (Oakland Public Library Press). Her essay, The Audacity to Remain Single: Single Black Women in the Black Church, won the Marcella Althaus-Reid Award for best “Queer Essay,” and is anthologized in Queer Religion II (Praeger Publishers). Her piece of creative non-fiction, “Where is Your Husband: Single African Women in the Diaspora and the Exploration/Expression of Sexuality was published in May 2015. She has participated in the Voices of Our Nation residency at the University of California, Berkeley. Kuukua keeps a private blog, The Musings of An African Woman. You can visit her at https://ewurabasempe.wordpress.com

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  1. Kofi Akpabli– is a journalist whose major works span tourism, culture and the environment. Kofi doesn’t only write non-fiction; his historic play The Prince and The Slave won the National Play writing contest in 1991. In addition to a collection of short stories and poem, some of Kofi’s books include Harmattan – a Cultural Profile of Northern Ghana; Romancing Ghanaland: the Beauty of Ten Regions; A Sense of Savannah – Tales of a Friendly Walk through Northern Ghana and Tickling the Ghanaian – Encounters with Contemporary Culture. He writes a travel column Going Places with Kofi Akpabli in The Mirror newspaper, which is published weekly in Accra. Kofi’s dedication to his work has not gone unnoticed. In June 2011 in South Africa, Kofi Akpabli was voted CNN Multichoice African Journalist for Arts and Culture. In Uganda the previous year, he had won the same category, making him the only African to have won this award back-to-back. In August 2010 Kofi also won Ghana Journalists Association’s Best Reporter for Arts, Tourism and Entertainment. Last but not least, Kofi Akpabli’s latest work has been published in a new Commonwealth Non-Fiction Anthology launched in the UK in May 2016.

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  1. Kobina Ankomah Graham– Kobby Graham is a lecturer at Ashesi University; he is a writer, blogger, DJ and editor who has a soft spot for modern African culture. His blog https://kobbygraham.com is mainly dedicated to championing the arts and contemporary culture. Kobby has written a host of articles that covers a wide range of topics. He doesn’t hesitate to make-up his words (one wonders where he got fauxogamy from) as a way of tearing down the stiff barriers in the English language that restricts the full expression of contemporary Ghanaian experiences. Kobby believes art and culture help society “dream itself out of its problems” with fresher ideas, and from a more buoyant, inclusive perspective. If I were starting a project in film or music, I will pray the gods that Kobby mentions my project on his blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Ten Exceptional Non-Fiction Writers from Ghana you should read

  1. Such a huge boost to Kofi and I as our book reading team travels to Kumasi this morning to hold a reading at KNUST campus dubbed “Romancing Oseikrom Sebitically”.

    Thanks so much!

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