Nana Ayebia Clarke for UK award?

I read on Ghanaweb that Nana Ayebia clarke had been nominated for one of the Queen’s New Year
Honours.  But these haven’t been released yet, so there is no official confirmation, so I wonder whether I should actually say something about this, or leave it.

But then I looked at the article again, and realised that it is sourced from Ivor Agyeman-Duah, a contact whose opinion I respect, and moreover someone whose work has been published by Ayebia which is the publishing company set up by Nana and her husband, so maybe there is truth in this story?

Personally I would hope so, as Nana Ayebia has done a lot to support African, and especially West African, and shall we say even more specifically Ghanaian writing.

Not that long ago, I read Benjamin Kwakye’s The other crucifix, (published by Ayebia) which I have to admit I didn’t like as much as his previous novels, which were set in Ghana.  Still, as an account of a diasporan Ghanaian’s life in the US, it is a welcome addition to the genre.

And just as additional informal promo of Ayebia’s books, I have the following on my TBR (to be read) pile:

  • A fine madness, by Mashingaidze Gomo
  • Queen Pokou, by Veronique Tadjo
  • The book of not, by Tsitsi Dangarembga

The only issue is that sometimes Ayebia books are a little difficult to source here in Accra, but that’s a chronic issue.

So when the formal New Year’s Honours list for 2011 comes out, I will post more on this subject…

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One thought on “Nana Ayebia Clarke for UK award?

  1. Hi that’d be great. Had it not been Ayebia I wouldn’t have had my copy of Nervous Condition, The book of Not all by Tsitsi Dangarembga, Kwakye’s The Other Crucifix, Soyinka’s You Must Set Forth at Dawn and a Book on Akan Proverbs. They are really doing good. Yes, apart from the Silverbird I don’t know of where they have an outlet. I have seen A Fine Madness, it’s on my list, but may be next year. Ayebia, Congrats already.

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