Nii Ayikwei Parkes’ début collection encompasses the story of a triangular trade in reverse – a family history that goes from the Caribbean back to Sierra Leone, and in his own life from London to Ghana, and back again.
His gift as a poet is for the most rewarding kind of story-telling, including those stories told with wit and an engaging ambivalence about himself. His narratives move unerringly to a perfect punch-line, but in the collection as a whole there is a refreshing lack of complacency in his willingness to move out of his comfort zone and explore areas of imaginative fantasy, as in his “Ballast” series, a tour de force of defamiliarisation, where he imagines how the slave trade would have gone had its mode of transport been the hot air balloon, rather than the slave ship.
There is much humour, but it comes from a family tradition of knowing that “our jokes weren’t really funny, they were just sad/ stories we learned to laugh at”. Like all poets with a largeness of heart, with no embarrassment about embracing the deepest feelings, Parkes has an especial sensitivity to the promise and acute sensitivities of childhood, both his own and others.There is much humour, but it comes from a family tradition of knowing that “our jokes weren’t really funny, they were just sad/ stories we learned to laugh at”. Like all poets with a largeness of heart, with no embarrassment about embracing the deepest feelings, Parkes has an especial sensitivity to the promise and acute sensitivities of childhood, both his own and others.
Nii Ayikwei Parkes’s poem Barter from The Makings of You (Peepal Tree) is featured on tube train posters throughout London as part of the fantastic ‘Poems on the Underground’, celebrating 150 Years of the London Underground.₵55.00₵55.00Quick View
For over half a century in the Ghanaian educational system, poetry at the primary level has never been revised. The poems and rhymes that our parents recited whilst in school are the same poems we also recited (Fox Fox Fox, Mary Had A Little Lamb etc). Unfortunately most of these poems have no African settings and our children do not understand them.
Poems and Rhymes for African Children has been written to extol the virtues and values of the African and make children identify themselves with what they read. It covers almost every area in life such as culture, education, safety and sanitation.
The literary devices of rhyme and rhythm make it easier to sing some of these poems as songs. You and your child will have fun reading this book together!₵13.00Quick View
Haiku as a genre is less known on the Ghanaian literary landscape. Against this background, the publication of Haiku Rhapsodies (verses from Ghana) by Celestine Nudanu is very timely and historic. Haiku Rhapsodies explores a field where no Ghanaian poet has ever published in hard print. Hence Celestine Nudanu’s work distinguishes her as a trailblazer among her contemporaries. And, most notably, Haiku Rhapsodies comes in at the opportune time to answer the world call for Haiku to be added to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Haiku Rhapsodies is a finely structured book arranged under the following themes; Afriku, Nature, Haiku My Heart, the Divine and Death. Through these themes, Celestine Nudanu succeeds in transporting the reader into her world by creating animated, serene and yet powerful scenes. At the same time, the poet draws the reader into the complex yet fascinating phenomena of what life is all about; Love, Death, Spirituality and Life itself. The beauty lies in her skill of brevity as a haiku poet. She writes with elegance, using few words which like magic are enchanting, leaving the reader exhilarated and wanting more.₵20.00Quick View
Tracks in this album:
- Sun & Son( prod. by BeKofi)
- N.E.R.D ( prod. by Jayphano)
- True Friend ( prod. by KayNie)
- My CV of Sin ( prod. by BeKofi)
- G.O.A.T ( prod. by George Sedzro)
- M’asem (My Story) ft MoQid (prod. by Snares Beat)
- Letter To My Unsung Music Heroes (prod. by KayNie)
- Amasaah Boateng ( prod. by Bonnie × Mix Master Garzy)
- Asamando Nkratoc(Letter from the Grave)(prod.by Mo Studios)
- Rolls Royce Phantom ( prod. by Mizter Okyere)
- Letter to the Church(prod. by ODB)
- Tie Me (Prayer of the sick)( prod. by Nii Soul)
- Passion Of The Christ(prod.by ODB)
- Polite & Ethical Parties (prod. by BeKofi)
- Rhyming Rants (prod. by George Sedzro)
- Valerie’s Handbag (prod. by Selorm)
- Made in Ghana (prod. by ODB)
- Ntamkese3 ( prod. by Jayphano)
- L.R.M.U ( prod. by Mizter Okyere)
- I Am Music ( prod. by Nii Soul)
- When I Was A Child (prod. by Bonny)
- Made in Ghana (instrumentals)
Listen to the still sounds of silence
These howling whispers are potent
How simply can the world respond to a seemingly complex existence? This collection challenges a people pre-designed to gain everything, but who would rather opt to presume they already lost everything, thereby reducing life to a mere chase. Conscious and confrontational, Ofuma Agali’s poetry ignites the light in the readers’ mind in a manner that says #ConfrontYourself to unravel the truth. The kind of truth that can better be absorbed in silence and transmitted in howling whispers.₵20.00Quick View
Stream of Soul is an eclectic collection of poetry and short stories, inspired by a diverse range of cultures, including African, South American and European, which reflects those of the author. The collection elicits many emotions, including love and resilience against adversity. The poem ‘Field of Dreams’ is a particular example of this. Stream of Soul also enables readers to envisage and reflect on serious situations but with a heavy dash of humour as is the case in ‘Ghana Must Go Has Come to Stay’. Each piece contains relatable issues thus making it an extremely worthwhile read.₵30.00₵30.00Quick View
Lecture delivered by Professor L.A. Boadi in May, 2004.
Dr Amu has been known for his musical compositions and experimentations in musical styles, and a lot has been written about this aspect of his work. But, apart from cursory references made by Professor Nketia and Professor Agawu about him as a poet, there hasn’t been much discussion on his Akan lyrics from the point of view of literature. Professor Boadi examines three of Amu’s poems (in Twi) in detail in this paper.
The analysis of the form and depth of meaning in each of the lines and the words used make for very interesting reading.₵10.00Quick View
This is a series of rhymes (in three parts) specially prepared for small children whose mother-tongue is not English. Starting with some well-known nursery rhymes, illustrated with multi-colour pictures, it depicts the things around them, what they daily see, watch, think and act. The words used in these rhymes are very simple and of daily use, but graded. Although each book is complete in itself, it forms a part of a single, coherent and well-aimed complete series.₵10.00₵10.00Quick View