After being at home for the whole of Ghana’s Election Day – on Friday 7 December 2012 – I thought it was time to go out on Saturday… And given that there wasn’t much traffic it was time to check out a landmark I’ve been seeing several times when I pass the Legon road.
To the east of the Legon – Adenta road (which is still under construction) are a bunch of storey buildings which were until relatively recently accessible if one was travelling on the eastern side of the road – that is going northward. But then construction reduced the access to a side road, so I would see signs – including a large one to “THE BOOKSHOP” but feel rather frustrated that I couldn’t reach there easily.
So in the spirit of exploration I ended up in a parking lot that looked a bit like a construction site, with hardly any cars in it. Not many people around either, but as usual we climbed up a flight of stairs and asked, and climbed up another to find a large space, just full of books!
My initial reaction was WOW! and the second one – I forgot my camera! So I’m afraid no photos this time, but maybe another time?
I think this is probably the largest bookshop I have been to in Ghana – all on one floor, so admittedly that may help contribute to the feeling of size.
Lots of textbooks for tertiary level study – in medicine, the sciences, management, marketing, accounting – and the prices were pretty reasonable, even by Ghanaian standards. I wandered around – looking mostly to see if there was anything which might be relevant to Ashesi students and faculty. Not surprisingly there were definitely a few.
Having done my homage to student needs, I took a look at the rest of the displays – non-fiction first (sort of) then fiction and children’s books. Naturally I was very, very sorely tempted. Quite a lot of thrillers and mysteries (yes, yes), a few romances (not my thing), but not much literary or even African fiction (a bit of a disappointment). There were some African writers books, but not many others, and I would certainly wish that books on Ghana/by Ghanaian writers would be a bit more prominently displayed. After all, why shouldn’t we show off our own intellectual products? Or material about us? It is a perfectly acceptable practice in many of the bookshops I have visited.
In the end I bought two books for members of my family, one on Osu for myself, two cookbooks (one of my weaknesses – and I am running out of cookbook shelf space!), and five for the Ashesi library! I was sorely tempted to buy more, but managed to resist.
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