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.
Annor Nimako was educated at Wesley College in Kumasi, and at the University of Ghana, Legon where he read Geography. He taught at the secondary school level for some years. In 1972, he joined the Ghana Publishing Corporation, Publishing Division, and became a Senior Editor. In 1973/74, he did a post-graduate course at the University of London, Institute of Education. When the Ghana Book Development Council was established, he was appointed a senior member of the initial professional staff in 1977. In 1983, he studied Techniques of Editing and other modules at the Oxford Polytechnic, now Oxford Brookes University.
He was the Executive Director of the Ghana Book Development Council from 1989 to 1996. His book, Map Reading for West Africa, a vastly popular geography book, was published by Longman in 1969.
Mr Nimako turned 83 in July 2018 and he is still writing! His latest novel is The Surgeon Verdict.
His other titles include:
Mind Your Language - Educated Ghanaian English (2004)
The River's Power (2012)
Mind Your English - Common Errors in English Books 1 & 2 Companions to CDs (forthcoming)