Annor Nimako was educated at Wesley College in Kumasi, and at the University of Ghana, Legon where he read Geography. He taught at the secondary school level for some years. In 1972, he joined the Ghana Publishing Corporation, Publishing Division, and became a Senior Editor. In 1973/74, he did a post-graduate course at the University of London, Institute of Education. When the Ghana Book Development Council was established, he was appointed a senior member of the initial professional staff in 1977. In 1983, he studied Techniques of Editing and other modules at the Oxford Polytechnic, now Oxford Brookes University.

He was the Executive Director of the Ghana Book Development Council from 1989 to 1996. His book, Map Reading for West Africa, a vastly popular geography book, was published by Longman in 1969.

Mr Nimako turned 83 in July 2018 and he is still writing! His latest novel is The Surgeon Verdict.

His other titles include:

Mutilated (2001)
Mind Your Language – Educated Ghanaian English (2004)
The River’s Power (2012)
Mind Your English – Common Errors in English Books 1 & 2 Companions to CDs (forthcoming)

  • The River’s Power

    “I know that my country must have this dam,” Enyonam Agbeko said. “I am reconciled, though the land I farmed for forty years is now flooded. My father and my grandfather and even his father farmed that land before me.” He shook his head and swallowed quickly as if there were a lump in his throat. “But,” he continued, “I cannot look at this lake without crying.”

    A dam is built across the Volta River at Akosombo in Ghana. This historical novel tells, in absorbing detail, the background to the dam project, the intricacies of international funding, the problems of dam construction and the remarkable achievement of generating hydroelectric power. These are balanced against a human problem of the greatest magnitude and complexity – the resettlement of thousands of displaced people, flooded out of their ancestral homes by the resultant lake.

    The River’s Power is a book about the ideals of a people, about their aspirations, about their hopes, about their sacrifices and about their remarkable achievements.

  • Mind Your Language

    The aim of this book is to make the reader sensitive to good English. The author has not set out to criticize unduly journalists, reporters, radio and TV presenters, newsreaders, academics, teachers, top civil and public servants, business executives, politicians, writers, book publishers and editors, students and all who use Ghanaian English. The criticism is a reminder of the difficulty of writing and speaking good English.

    The book deals with the deviant forms and usage in educated Ghanaian English, and other common errors in English. It explains the criteria to be used in distinguishing between acceptable and unacceptable forms and usage in second language English.

    The bulk of the material used for the criticism was collected from educated Ghanaian English – written and spoken. The sources included newspapers (and editorials), magazines, books, reports, television and radio news, discussions and phone-ins and conversations.

  • The Surgeon’s Verdict

    In the Central Business District of Accra, Linda Asiama has a fabulous career as the Branch Manager of a large Commercial Bank. Remarkably sophisticated and very perceptive, especially with banking fraud, she is well respected in banking circles.

    Linda is a happy, fulfilled, married woman. Life seems infinitely worth living until disaster unexpectedly strikes. When she sees the symptom of a disease, she promptly seeks help in a hospital. Diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, she and Kwame, her loyal, loving and dedicated husband, and their grown-up children, set out to fight the disease vigorously and relentlessly. They are led by specialist doctors.

    The Surgeon’s Verdict takes readers to laboratories while the Surgeon waits to give his verdict. Then they are ushered into operating theatres to watch the Surgeon perform operations with consummate skill as he tries to save Linda’s life. He subsequently teams up with other specialist doctors to continue treatment.

    In The Surgeon’s Verdict, Annor Nimako tells the story of a family in deep crisis as Linda fights for her life with a remarkable strength of quiet endurance and passive fortitude.

  • Mutilated

    Barbara Aseke, a ten-year-old primary school pupil, is brutally circumcised and dies from haemorrhage. Her needless death outrages the sensibilities of many, including Dr. Blankson who is unable to save her life. When, in spite of the tragedy, Dr. Blankson’s wife Sarah, wilfully submits herself and undergoes genital mutilation, she reveals the ethnic and cultural diversity that tears their marriage apart. Dutch missionary, Father Willem van Ruisdeal, concerned organisations, Dr. Yvonne Alhassan, Dr. Blankson and even a subdued Sarah, work tirelessly together to eradicate the harmful and obnoxious traditional practice, particularly in the north of Ghana.

    The novel tells in lurid details the harrowing experiences and the suffering of millions of girls and women in Africa and thousands of African immigrants in the Western World.



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