I feel proud to say that I have read both of the works written by Ghanaians which have been included in the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize regional shortlists.
Ayesha Harruna Attah’s Harmattan rain, which is shortlisted for the Africa regional first book, which I mentioned earlier.
Nii Ayikwei Parkes’ Tail of the blue bird, which is shortlisted under the South Asia and Europe category for a first book. I did mention in an earlier post having considerable palaver in actually getting a hold of this book, but once I did I actually enjoyed it.
Not surprisingly the rest of the African nominees were either from South Africa or Nigeria. But still I do feel pretty proud. Yeah Ghana!
Unfortunately there hasn’t been much coverage of this news in the Ghanaian press, apart from an article in The Daily Dispatch of 23 February 2010 – not online though, so I can’t include a link. Maybe there will be more in the next few days?