African Girl: The Awakening
Dzigbordi Dzordzome, a young woman from a strict Ghanaian home, struggles between the desire to forge her own identity, please her parent, and marry her college sweetheart Maxwell Owusu. Dzigbordi eventually leaves for the US, where she has to adjust to the realities of a culture she has imagined from books and movies. Her friendships and experiences in the US inevitably affect her relationships back in Ghana, and change her perceptions of herself and her homeland.
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Kezia Dzifa Awadzi was born in Ghana. She attended Tamale and Achimota Secondary Schools. She won first prize for the 1994 True Life and Drama categories in a national magazine competition organised by Step Publishers. She then worked at Step Publishers’ editorial department as an intern for two years before leaving for the US in 1996 to pursue graduate studies. She holds a BSc in Home Science from the University of Ghana, a Master’s in Mass Communication and a PhD in Health Services Research, both from the University of Florida. She is an Associate Professor at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL, and co-founder of JEKA Productions.