Ayi Kwei Armah
Ayi Kwei Armah is probably the most distinguished African writer in terms of stylistics. In his debut novel, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, he employs language creatively to build elaborate detail about post-colonial Ghanaian society. He provides brave and well-thought-out criticism of his society, which requires the reader to react. In Ayi Kwei Armah’s prose, expect to find fiction that challenges you as a reader and exposes you to critical subtleties that form a picture of Ghana life.
Ama Ata Aidoo
From a young age, Ama Ata Aidoo has demonstrated the ability to write expertly with poetry, prose and drama. She seamlessly switches between these genres to whichever she feels would allow her to express her ideas best. Her primary focus are women’s issues and gender as she uses her work to bring to light the matters that affect contemporary Ghanaian women. Her award-winning novel, Changes is a fierce piece of fiction that exposes people to the different facets of Ghanaian women. This book is an excellent way to introduce yourself to her impressive work.
Ghanaian culture is rooted in oral tradition and it is no coincidence that Ghanian writers exhibit excellent mastery over poetry. Kofi Awoonor, a student and admirer of the traditional poetics of the ewe, known as “Halo” (songs of abuse), marries this with other writing influences in producing his work. As such, his poetry carries a rich mixture of different styles as he employs language tools such as imagery and metaphor to celebrate the past and reconstruct the future. Awoonor and his legacy continue to be a pillar of modern African poetry.
Taiye Selasi represents the new wave of African writers who are challenging notion with beautiful and elegant language. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Ghana Must Go, is a masterful display of style as she writes in way that reminds her readers of poetry. Her mixed ancestry also allows her to be adventurous; she shows how this exposure to different cultures and stories has allowed her to analyse her society. Be prepared to be riveted by the pages of her work as her plot development thoroughly thrills you.
Yaa Gyasi, similar to Taiye Selasi, is taking a place on coffee table and bookshelves across the world. Her work has the flavour of the cosmopolitan, fast-paced zest of the modern world, while rooted in the illustrious history of the past. Reading her debut novel, Homegoing, the reader will certainly fall in love with her amazing writing skills as well as relish the texture she weaves into her story. Writers like Yaa Gyasi represent the future of Ghanaian Literature; a fresh and exciting wave of crisp story telling.