Flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings burst on the Ghanaian political scene with a failed military mutiny on May 15th, 1979. On June 4th 1979, following a successful uprising staged by junior officers and other ranks of the Ghana Armed Forces, he emerged as the Chairman of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) which ruled Ghana for three months and handed over to a civilian constitutional government on 24th September 1979. On 31st December 1981, he overthrew the constitutional government and formed the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) as the Government of Ghana. He was elected a constitutional President in 1992 and assumed office as such on 7th January 1993. He served two terms as President of the Republic of Ghana, finally leaving office on 6th January 2001.
Jerry John Rawlings is an enigma. It was a privilege working with him and being close to him. He and I went through many exciting experiences together. I have documented some of those experiences in this book. But there are many other experiences which I have not documented either because they belong to the realm of confidentiality or of privacy. What I have documented, however, is enough to give present and future leaders some ideas about governance at the highest levels; the dos and don’ts of governance; the skills required for governance and the importance of human relations as a leadership trait.
This is not a book about Jerry John Rawlings. It is not a book about Kwamena Ahwoi. It is not a book about the PNDC. It is not a book about the NDC. It is a book about Kwamena Ahwoi working with Jerry John Rawlings; our working relationship; our ups and downs and our joint commitment to building a better Ghana than the one we found it. Somewhere along the line, we drifted apart. This book is about that as well. It is my hope that Ghana’s leaders of today and our leaders of the future will learn some lessons from my account of Working with Rawlings, leaving out the negatives and accentuating the positives.
Winner of the Golden Baobab prize, Grandma’s List is a hardcover book for children aged 5+.
Fatima is determined to save the day. She wants to help Grandma with her to-do list so that everyone will realize that she is a big girl now! But the errands don’t go exactly as expected…Fatima, what have you done?
This is a special product for the development of reading skills in Asante Twi language. It can be applied for both synthetic and analytical phonics as well as other learning activities like spellings.
It comes with all graphemes of the Asante Twi alphabet and letter blends along with their corresponding examples. Each letter has a number of corresponding words (based on the first letter), each representing an application of the sound of the particular grapheme. It also comes with numbers in Asante Twi.
The pictures and words have been carefully selected to make the learning experience pleasurable and induce diversity in the words.
Age Range: 6 – 10 years
Ananse Stories are timeless Ghanaian folklore. They contain moral gems which help with character formation. The elderly tell Ananse stories to teach moral virtues to the young ones. They are children’s favourites.
In Ananse and the Pot of Wisdom, the ubiquitous Ananse sets out to execute one of his cunning schemes and will pay dearly for being such a pain to the whole village. This is the second of a series of Ghanaian folklore retold with the expertise of a master story-teller for Smartline Publishing.
Have you ever wondered what it will take to transform each African country into a prosperous nation where each citizen has a real opportunity to thrive? Africa’s narrative has been shaped by a vision of the future that remains bleak. A vision that says a little more is okay for the African. It is time to challenge and change our paradigm of what great outcomes look like for an African country.
It is time for The Bold New Normal of an Africa where citizens of each country genuinely have the opportunity to prosper.
The formula for sustainable prosperity has been tried and tested world over. Why then do we continue to hope that a different method, that has thus far failed the continent, will create sustainable prosperity?
The Bold New Normal is a timely publication that coincides with the 400th anniversary of the start of slavery: the year of return. 400 years since the unraveling of African began, it is time to piece her back together and focus forward. It is surely the time for The Bold New Normal!
Age Range: 6 – 10 years
“Daddy, what are those?”
“Those are escalators. They’re much faster than the stairs.”
Meet Opoku, a bold and daring young boy who goes on an adventure on the escalators at the newly-opened Accra Mall. This funny story will definitely leave you entertained.
Age Range: 6 – 10 years
Who could have built such an imposing mansion? And was it true that behind the high walls lived a scary old man who had no tolerance for children? Oh, the Bimpongs caused such a stir when they moved onto Nim Tree Road!
Far too often, people let their imaginations run away with them. In Mr. Bempong’s House, Adwoa Badoe encourages children to find things out for themselves rather than swallow hearsay wholesale.
Follow Kojo through the great steel gates of the ‘White House’ and find out why.
Age Range: 7 – 9 years (class 3 and 4)
Gongonkrom is a small, prosperous and beautiful town with all the good things needed to make a town happy to live in. A leadership crises set to disturb the peaceful aura in the town.
Suddenly, things start to change and this brought about the vote of a new order. The excitement about the forthcoming election is ruined by a scandal.
An influential northern caucus is secretly meeting and grooming him to contest the man who will select him as a vice presidential candidate. A meeting between the first lady and the Brong-Ahafo caucus results in, perhaps, the fastest ministerial reshuffle in the history of the country. At 2a.m., before the breaking of a major scandal, there is a meeting between the president’s friend and the investigative journalist about how to involve the main opposition leader, in the story to minimise its damage to the president in the upcoming election. The wife of the president reports the wife of the vice president to the vice president’s mother. The night before a crucial election, the president and his main contender are locked up in a meeting with Ghana’s most revered traditional ruler.
These and other revealing accounts on governance, policies and programmes of the fourth presidency of Ghana’s Fourth Republic are the intriguing contents of this book. Here, the journalist whose investigations are believed to have contributed to the downfall of the administration gets brutally intimate with the regime.
Rare interviews with key figures of the governing party and historical contexts to contemporary events provide readers and students of African politics the inside story of what is considered the model democracy on the continent. The fluidity of the writing style and humour make this book about politics and governance in Ghana’s Fourth Republic both informative, educative and entertaining.
Like a basket full of coloured beads, like a kente strip of many colours, like a xylophone that produces a thousand vibrant sounds, this collection is made up of stories as varied as the diversity represented in Ghana, from Hohoe to Hamle.
These stories represent the budding creative spirit of the current generation of young Ghanaian writers. These new voices have become the refreshing perspective from which to consider the Ghanaian narrative in a thousand words. Or less.
This is an anthology of hope. Never have so many young people captured the stories of our time the way this army of writers have immortalised. But beyond the greatness in the stories, Kenkey for Ewes guarantees one thrilling fact: it is a great time to be a global citizen.
ONE FOR THE GIRLS
There are some life stories you just cannot beat. Each time the names of such champions drop, one might as well perform a rite of acknowledgment…any. Their lives have graced hundreds of lives, and hundreds of lives continue to be redeemed through them. They have seen it all. Done it all. They love and they are loved. These individuals have given, and still have more in store. According to the Canon of the Classics, these persons, even the gods envy.
Rosina Aboagye Acheampong is one such mortal. From the precocity of her childhood, her dance with life has been one amazing ball of faith … and chance, nay, destiny. These captivating pages reel out the adventures of a pathfinder, a mould breaker and a pacesetter. Yes, her name might be synonymous with Wesley Girls, but be it at the national or community level, to list what she has achieved is to embark on the impossible.
Beautifully, however, Archie the Matriarch does not seem to see the power of her influence. She only wants to give thanks and praise.
Not only does this book make interesting reading, it also gives deep insights into the author and her experiences as one of Ghana’s influential and foremost educationists. It is, undoubtedly, a must-read book! – John Agyekum Kufuor, former President of Ghana
I am yet to hear of any group of students who passed through her hands…who do not remember her with utmost respect and affection. – Professor Ama Ata Aidoo
As the Headmistress, she re-defined the role. Indeed, the personality she brought to the position is irreplaceable and iconic. – Ambassador Evelyn Anita Stokes
Standing with JDM is quite clear in this title that it does not intend to undermine the former president’s image but to burnish it. What is not clear is whether it was written to coincide with the 2020 Election Year.
It is in two parts, “The Homeland Briefs” and the “Diplomatic Briefs”. Independent of each other, they are held together by what the author calls the “Mahamarabilia” thread – a word he invented to describe his privileged proximity to the 4th president of the 4th Republic of Ghana.
Part One has 42 chapters that highlight events like Dumsor, Gitmo 2, Montie 3, Cheating at Elections, Lying and Blaming it on Mahama, Destroying friends and Family and much, much more…It also has intellectual discourses on Traditional Governance and the Ballot Box, Kigali (dangers that could be awaiting Ghana in this Election Year), Ebola and Covid-19 and the history of Ghana’s “coodetas” in new lights that would surprise and reveal…
Part Two, with 25 chapters, is devoted entirely to the author’s diplomatic service and reads sometimes like a coursebook on practical diplomacy and other times like a travelogue with intriguing insights. We come across his encounter with a sex change person (man to woman) and how his life was nearly cut short when his official car and ostrich crashed into each other on the highway from Windhoek to Gaborone. Part Two is so suffused with humour that it is difficult to tell whether he is pulling the reader’s leg or stating facts.
Most of the chapters are illustrated with unique pictures that could stand on their own as stories. It is a beautifully designed book, well laid out reader-friendly. For the first time, a modern version of adinkra, called adinshia, has had a public airing in the book…
Whatever your political persuasion is, your intellect will make you love this beautiful book on Mahama.
Age Range: 9 years and above
Most of us were trained with this as a guidebook. Fundamental rules of courtesy for young people, rules on behaviour; much more needed today!
This book is adapted from up-to-date fundamental rules of courtesy as they apply to young people of today and list for the guidance of parents and teachers 165 rules on a gracious refinement of behaviour.
Ambassador D.K. Osei is the inaugural President of the Council of Foreign Affairs – Ghana. Prior to that, he was Diplomat-in-Residence at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) of the University of Ghana. A Diplomat of over forty (40) years, he was also, between 2000 and 2008, Secretary to the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency President John Agyekum Kufuor. In that capacity, he was a member of the Cabinet, the Economic Management Team and the Diplomatic Advisory Council.
Ambassador Osei has been involved in a number of conflict management crises in West Africa and the African Continent. He also worked and travelled with two other Ghanaian leaders around five continents on diplomatic engagements.
During his career, he served in Paris (1984-1988), Conakry (1992-1996), Kinshasa (1997-1998) and Copenhagen (1998-2001). Some of his experiences in conflict management in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo etc. are related in this book.
Working with the first generation of Ghanaian Foreign Service Officers from Kwame Nkrumah’s time, he shares some of the privileged conversations from his career. He has received several awards including The Commander of the Order of Moyo by the Government of Togo, the Order of the Volta (Companion Division) by the Government of Ghana and the Order of Gravenhage by Her Royal Highness the Queen of Netherlands.
Ambassador Osei attended in his days the elite Achimota School in Accra and proceeded to the University of Ghana to study for a Bachelor’s degree. He did his postgraduate courses in International Relations at the Institut International d’Administration Publique and also obtained the Diploma d’Etudes Superieures Specialisees form the Sarbonne, both in Paris.
English version of 5 books of the same story in English, Ga, Twi, Ewe and French. Suitable for children between 6 and 7 years (class 1 and 2). Great set for children to learn other languages, especially Ghanaian languages.
Suma is a young girl who goes for a walk in the field and encounters a host of animals. Colourful books with beautiful pictures that teachers children adjectives.
If talking about Ghana is a dice, Ace comes up tops.
Few lawyers engage the socio-political issues of their day as Ace Ankomah does. Ever since he gifted his voice and pen to the public cause, Ace has dissected, analysed and proffered solutions to national issues with a patriotic joie de vivre. Indeed, it is said that he invests as much effort on his clients’ cases as he does on the national front. Or does he?
Ace has participated in street demonstrations, has written, has debated, has sung, and has coined phrases which have gained currency in the national conversation. In this no-holds-barred journey through beautifully written essays, one encounters a writer burdened with the frustrations of a boxer whose hands have been held from behind, the frustration of not being able to punch crass illogicality. And so he rants. From constitutional lacunas to the paradox of cocoa, from building permits to the dilemma of akpeteshie, from ethnicity to the degraded texture of Milo…
Is There Not A Cause…to Rant? is what happens when a stammering, public-spirited private legal practitioner clears his chest about the Ghana he so dearly loves.
Age Range: 7 – 12 years
In these beautifully illustrated, collectable library of easy-to-read traditional folktales with their moral lessons, test questions, and activities for the young ones, classic African stories are brought magically to reality. The stories in the African Folktale Series (AFS) are filled with moral lessons that have been handed down from many generations to the present in many African countries from Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroons, Liberia, the Gambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania to Zimbabwe. The traditional African elders who inhabited an ancient continent brimming with wisdom successfully utilized these folktales to socialize their youngsters to the moral requirements of their society to insure order, security and growth.
The titles in this set are:
- The Evil King Who Destroyed Himself (A Nigerian Folktale)
- Ananse And Friends at the Village of Plenty and Another Tale from Africa
- The Boy Who Cut Off the Elephant’s Tail (A Ghanaian Folktale)
- Ananse Finally Meets His Match and Another Tale from Africa
- God’s Challenge to Wise People (A Ghanaian Folktale)
- Ananse Challenges the Powerful King (A Ghanaian Folktale)
- Animals in the Midst of Famine (A Nigerian Folktale)
- The Price of Jealousy – Version One (A Nigerian Folktale)
- The Fate of the Deceitful Tortoise
- The Princess Who Married the Evil Spirit
Age Range: 6 – 10 years
My Auntie Halima is the best cook in all of Tamale. All the women and labourers like to eat at her food bar. But guess what happens that afternoon the neighbourhood dogs start barking loud? Join Auntie Halima, Brother James, Mama Abena and Foreman Out and his men in this enjoyable tale about Tamale’s best food bar.
‘Bzzzzz’ goes Besiwa, the bee as she buzzes from one adventure to another. Join the thrill of Besiwa’s delightful and colourful world in these original, fun-packed and absolutely exciting new titles Besiwa’s Scary Adventure and Besiwa and the Honey Pox.