This book bares the public face and the private parts of Ghana’s tourist attractions. Kofi Akpabli is a journalist and an author who has travelled across Ghana. He has written on the culture of a lovely people; their lifestyles and environment. When he was voted for two years running by CNN as the Best Arts and Culture writer in Africa, he knew he owed the land of his birth a special duty. For nearly two years, Kofi travelled once more, across-country; engaging people, places and events to document the experience.
Romancing Ghanaland brings to Ghanaian readers a beautiful testament of their beloved nation and shows the rest of the world why Ghana remains God’s own country.
“Kofi romanticises about the places he visits in a manner that engages us to re-examine our attitude towards our God-given environment.” TREC
“I have been trying to figure out what the X-factor in Kofi Akpabli’s work is and I think I have it. It is his ability to let Ghana speak to him instead of speaking ‘at’ Ghana.” Prof Esi Sutherland, Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana
National tourism journalist and travel writer, Kofi Akpabli cut his teeth as a freelancer in the Northern border town of Paga. After a dozen years of reporting and bagging awards, and having gone round the world, he still shows that his umbilical cord is tied to his place. His second book about Northern Ghana explores the landscape and how the various people engage their culture and environment. Harmattan is about the wind of change that can happen to a place.
“What makes Harmattan enjoyable is that it is reflective, sometimes philosophical but like the author himself, always lighthearted.” Madam Melanie Kassie, Sirigu
“Insightful. Incisive. Interesting. Kofi Akpabli’s love affair with the three Northern Regions doesn’t seem to have ended.” TREC
“There is as much about Ghana, in this book, as there is about the North. The ultimate testament to Ghana’s savannah zone.” Business and Financial Times
From a humble beginning as the son of a farmer in a relatively small town, Hon. Samuel Sallas-Mensah, four terms MP for Upper West Akim would perhaps have ended up as a farmer too. In those days, children took after their parents’ trades. Sallas got the chance to go to America and the entire course of his life changed. After a distinguished career in accountancy in the US and later in Nigeria, destiny led his way once more but this time to the country of his birth, Ghana, where eventually, a new career window opened in his life – politics.
As a Member of the Consultative Assembly his accounting and financial acumen were in evidence as he actively contributed to the District Assembly Common Fund. And as a Member of Parliament he was instrumental in instituting the live television coverage of the sitting of the Public Accounts Committee – legacies to the nation that survive today.
In this compelling biography the reader come face-to-face with this influential man of few words who is famed to have friends and access to both sides of the Ghanaian political divide. But what would Sallas be remembered for most, a politician, a chartered accountant or family man? More importantly, where else will destiny lead him to?
“Crispy-delicious narratives, refreshingly-garnished insights. This fascinating biography of a patriot never finishes astonishing you with the twists and turns. But it is the authoritative revelations about a nation and its people that makes this book destined to be relevant to the politics of Ghana.” ~ Business & Financial Times
In a collection of creative essays that ranges from travel writing and memoir to reportage, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey brings together some of the most talented writers of creative nonfiction from across Africa.
A Ghanaian explores the increasing influence of China across the region; a Kenyan student activist writes of exile in Kampala; a Liberian scientist shares her diary of the Ebola crisis; a Nigerian writer travels to the north to meet a community at risk; a Kenyan travels to Senegal to interview a gay rights activist and a South African writer recounts a tale of family discord and murder in a remote seaside town.
This anthology contains a range of unforgettable stories by authors from across Africa and presents personal views of contemporary issues in an accessible and thought-provoking manner.