Just saw an announcement about the Africa39 list of upcoming African writers under 40. More information is available via the Hay Festival Africa39 webpages .
According to the list of nominees, there are three with a Ghanaian connection:
- Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, author of Powder necklace [and yes, I have read it]
- Nii Ayikwei Parkes, author of Tail of the blue bird [which I have mentioned on several occasions!]
- Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana must go [I’ve already mentioned this novel, one of my favourites for 2013]
It is however worth noting that all these Ghanaian authors live mostly outside Ghana – though Nii Ayikwei Parkes is presently in Ghana.
Congratulations to all the nominees, and of course I look forward to reading the anthology of short stories which will be launched in October 2014.