The Marriage of Anansewa – A Play
Anansewa: As for some old chief with fifty wives, that won’t do at all.
Ananse (with cunning): Supposing it isn’t some old chief but the finely built, glowing black, large-eyed, handsome as anything, courageous and famous Chief-Who-is-Chief?
Ananse the cunning spider man is the hero of countless Ghanaian legends. But this Ananse gets entangled in his own web of deceit when his scheme to get rick quick backfires, and disaster stares him in the face. The only way out is for his daughter to die…
Efua T. Sutherland did a great deal to encourage the theatre in Ghana. She began the Ghana Experimental Theatre and the Ghana Drama Studio, and wrote many plays for adults and children, including Edufa.
Edufa – A Play
“Ask the town. They know who Edufa is and what he’s worth. They can count you out my value in the houses that eat because I live. They rise in deference from their chairs when they say my name. And can a man allow himself to lose grip on that?”
Edufa’s obsession with maintaining his position of privilege leads him to barter his wife’s life against loss of prestige.
Efua T. Sutherland did a great deal to encourage the theatre in Ghana. She began the Ghana Experimental Theatre and the Ghana Drama Studio, and wrote many plays for adults and children, including The Marriage of Anansewa.
The Legend of Aku Sika – A Play
Nanayere Ama accuses her husband the King of disrespecting her, his ancestral throne and the gods, because he plans to marry Aku, a maiden who is short of a limb. The King denies this allegation of deformity in Aku, and so he is asked to summon the young women before the townsfolk to reveal her arm. He will be dethroned in disgrace if it is true and Nanayere will lose her life if Aku is not deformed.
Conflict of Laws in Ghana
Generations of Ghanaian law students, scholars, legal practitioners and judges have engaged with conflict of laws issues in their respective capacities. Regrettably, they have not had access to an authentic Ghanaian treatise on the discipline — a treatise foregrounded in Ghanaian case law and legislation. They have had to rely on foreign treatises (often very dated editions) mainly written by reputed English scholars.
Richard Frimpong Oppong and Kissi Agyebeng have filled this void in the scholarship on Ghanaian law with their sophisticated and skilfully executed work of scholarship: Conflict of Laws in Ghana.
This monograph is a timely publication. We live in a globalised world, a world beset with conflict of laws problems. Increases in cross-border movements of persons and the concomitant cross-border relationships they create, the growth of international commerce and foreign direct investment, ever-increasing international litigation, and international arbitration have all highlighted the importance of conflict of laws as a discipline.
Judges, legal scholars, legal practitioners, law students and, indeed, all who operate in the international legal terrain, must take notice of this comprehensive work.
The range, depth and originality of Conflict of Laws in Ghana make it a must-read for anyone confronted with a conflict of laws issue in Ghana. They will find much value in doing so.
Stranger to Innocence – A Play
Stranger to Innocence is an intriguing short play, which treats the daily motions, frustrations, joys and aspirations of an African priestly family. This is the house where a stranger, Tawa, who has been fleeing from his own sins, seeks to find refuge. In the end, lessons of remorse and forgiveness are yet to be fully understood especially by young minds like Alaba, daughter of the priest.
The play exhibits the author’s artistic simplicity in the use of dramatic language, which has endeared this play to wide theatre audiences.
It is not surprising that it is popular among many drama groups and schools in the country.
Stranger to Innocence is one of Bill Marshall’s early plays, from which a lot of inspiration is drawn.
Shadow of An Eagle – A Play
“Hope and Desire alone have no virtue. It is the fulfilment of our aspirations that brings satisfaction.”
This quote from the play, Shadow of An Eagle, evidently reveals Bill Marshall’s depth as a playwright.
The play depicts the lifestyle of an African family in peculiar circumstances in a rural setting. It explores the tension and feeble frustrations, which can occur in a family.
Being one of the earlier plays of Bill Marshall, which were widely patronized by schools and colleges and broadcast on the BBC African Theatre, Shadow of An Eagle uses the symbolism of the eagle in Ghanaian mythology to highlight the need for the youth to aspire to higher heights.
Just like the hero who refuses to relapse into degeneration, which he finds at home on his return from his foreign exploits, Bimpo hopes that members of his family would shed their past frustrations, brace themselves up and take to the sky like eagles.
Ebony Dust is a collection of poems by one of West Africa’s outstanding poets. The collection is divided into three sections, namely: African Scene, American Scene and Various Scenes. These sections fall in line with the author’s experiences and travels within Africa, in Europe and America.
Ebony Dust is more than a collection of poems. It is one of the numerous media of expressions coming from emerging Africa.