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  • Emmanuella’s Special Day – Hardcover

    Age Range: 6 months – 2  years

    This board book for babies celebrates Ghana’s customary naming ceremony.

    An outdooring and naming ceremony is an occasion in Ghana when a newborn experiences the outside world for the first time and receives a name.

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  • Every Day Is for the Thief

    A young man decides to visit Nigeria after years of absence.  Ahead lies the difficult journey back to the family house and all its memories; meetings with childhood friends and above all, facing up to the paradox of Nigeria, whose present is as burdened by the past as it is facing a new future.

    Along the way, our narrator encounters life in Lagos. He is captivated by a woman reading on a danfo; attempts to check his email are frustrated by Yahoo boys; he is charmingly duped buying fuel.  He admires the grace of an aunty, bereaved by armed robbers and is inspired by the new malls and cultural venues.  The question is: should he stay or should he leave?

    But before the story can even begin, he has to queue for his visa…

    Every Day is for the Thief is a striking portrait of Nigeria in change.  Through a series of cinematic portraits of everyday life in Lagos, Teju Cole provides a fresh approach to the returnee experience.

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  • 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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    Mutilated

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  • Mysteries of the Golden Stool (Sika Dwa) – Hardcover

    Mysteries of the Golden Stool is an historical fantasy adventure story built around the Kingdom of Asante, its vibrant culture and its most sacred relic – the Golden Stool.

    The ruler of this kingdom is very powerful. He derives his power and authority from his occupancy of the Golden Stool, the symbol of state, the spiritual soul of the kingdom of Asante, which holds the unity and strength of the Asanteman, the kingdom.

    The story elucidates the journey of a thief of ancient relics whose decision to steal the Golden stool sets into motion a thrilling fantasy battle with departed kings and guardians of the Golden Stool in an ancient mausoleum.

    A cosmopolitan Asante academic transforms into the reluctant hero who defends his heritage and finds the love of his life.

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  • Mysteries of the Golden Stool (Sika Dwa) – Paperback

    Mysteries of the Golden Stool is an historical fantasy adventure story built around the Kingdom of Asante, its vibrant culture and its most sacred relic – the Golden Stool.

    The ruler of this kingdom is very powerful. He derives his power and authority from his occupancy of the Golden Stool, the symbol of state, the spiritual soul of the kingdom of Asante, which holds the unity and strength of the Asanteman, the kingdom.

    The story elucidates the journey of a thief of ancient relics whose decision to steal the Golden stool sets into motion a thrilling fantasy battle with departed kings and guardians of the Golden Stool in an ancient mausoleum.

    A cosmopolitan Asante academic transforms into the reluctant hero who defends his heritage and finds the love of his life.

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  • The Memory of Love

    Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book
    Finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction
    An Essence Book Club Pick

    In contemporary Sierra Leone, a devastating civil war has left an entire populace with secrets to keep. In the capital hospital, a gifted young surgeon is plagued by demons that are beginning to threaten his livelihood. Elsewhere in the hospital lies a dying man who was young during the country’s turbulent postcolonial years and has stories to tell that are far from heroic. As past and present intersect in the buzzing city, these men are drawn unwittingly closer by a British psychologist with good intentions, and into the path of one woman at the center of their stories. A work of breathtaking writing and rare wisdom, The Memory of Love seamlessly weaves together two generations of African life to create a story of loss, absolution, and the indelible effects of the past and, in the end, the very nature of love.

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    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.

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    The River’s Power

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  • 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.

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  • The Tourist’s Story…As She Saw It (Hardcover – Special Edition, in Slip Case)

    Transplanted from her native country to Canada when she was only ten, Shie returns to find her hometown transformed almost beyond recognition after many decades. She blends in as any other tourist in special guest housing provided by extended families in the town. However, her awakened and revived memories will not keep calm. Both her hosts and fellow tourists begin to think there is something about Shie they find difficult to put a finger on — with all the quirky little details she provides on the towns history even though she doesn’t speak like the locals.

    Is Shie going to let them in on her secret?

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  • Unexpected Joy at Dawn

    Unexpected Joy at Dawn received a commendation in the Best First Book Prize, Africa Region, of the Commonweath Writers Prize.

    ‘Fifteen years ago’, Mama said, starting her story, ‘I came to Lagos from Ghana. I came to Nigeria because I was considered an alien in that country. The government of Ghana passed a law asking all aliens without resident permits to regularise their stay in the country. You see, my great, great grandparents had migrated to Ghana several years before, and regarded Ghana as their home…as for the reason possibly, it was because the opposition party then had hyped to monstrous heights that aliens were ruining the country; or the government of the time…blamed their failure to do things right on us ‘alien’ scapegoats… It was difficult to start life all over again, and even more difficult to learn that we were unwanted in a country we had come to regard as our own.’

    This story of migration, identities and lives undermined by cynical and xenophobic politics pushed to its logical and terrible conclusion pertains to the Ghanaian orders of ‘alien compliance’ issued in 1970-1971, which was designed to force all non-ethnic Ghanaians, so called illegal immigrants, to return to their – so stipulated – ‘home’. the novel thus touches on concerns of deeper relevance to the politics of race and migration in the twenty first century.

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