5 Books by Ghanaian Authors you should Read Today

As a student, reading books should be your major priority. Books give you a theoritical explanation of happenings around you, tips and tricks you can use in your day to day activities in life. As you are reading Shakespearian novels, and books by European authors, take pride in patronizing books written by our Ghanaian authors.

The only place we get to be forced to read Ghanaian novels is in senior high schools, how about reading them now that you are no longer in school? These books are written and produced here in Ghana making them less expensive in various book shops. You can also download their PDF files onto your computer and mobile phones to read them at any time.

These books will help you learn many things that can help you with your studies, especially if you a literature student in school. Below are a few of many books you can read today to take a little break from reality. 

  • The dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa – Ama Ata Aidoo
  • Published in 1965, the story is about a young girl who rejects all suitors proposed by her parents to settle for a stranger who is later revealed as the devil in disguise. This story captures the clash of culture, tradition, and modernity alongside all the important aspects of literature. 
  • The story has a 4-star rating on GoodReads and has been recognized even by international readers. 
  • The Beautiful ones are Yet to be Born – Ayi Kwei Armah
  • This is a debut novel by award-winning author Ayi Kwei Armah. Published in 1968, the book was narrated from the view of an unnamed man, revealing the hardships, clear disdain for corruption in politics in the 1960s. If you love political novels, this is for you.
  • This book has been recognized even by non- Ghanaians and has received many awards.
  • Faceless – Ama Ata Aidoo
  • Ama Ata Aidoo is at it again with Faceless. This novel focuses on the lives of underprivileged children who live in the slums of Accra. It captures the need to educate and care for these children who are exposed to street violence, rape, maltreatment, and lack of education. 
  • It was published in 1996.
  • Edufa – Efua Sutherland
  • Published in 1967 by Efua Sutherland, author of The Marriage of Anasewaa, The Voice in the Forest, Tahinta e.t.c, this is the story of Edufa, who has been told by the soothsayer that he was going to die. He is rich and wants to live his life to the fullest. In his quest to conquer death, he loses his wife. 
  • The book is known to be the Ghanaian version of Euripides’ “Alcestis”. 
  • Ghana Must Go! – Taiye Selasi
  • Ghana Must Go is a debut novel of Taiye Selasi that was published in 2013. 
  • Kwesi Sai is a renowned surgeon and a failed husband. He died and the news of his death shook all those who knew him. His death brings the family he abandoned years ago together in Ghana. 
  • Have you already read any of these books? If not, step out to purchase one today at the nearest book shop, or order them online. “If you need to hide something from a black man, put it in a book”, this statement should not define us as black people, or as Ghanaians. Read, read everything you can lay your hands on, to acquire knowledge. 

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