Strangers in an Accra is one of the most realist books I have ever read and it reminds me so much more of West Africa than anything else. At least I have met no realist description of events and how they mostly occur, as read in this book.
It is especially a must read if you are fond of Popular Culture and Contemporary Art. The book will not only play a rewind for you about popular Ghanaian Artists like ‘Almighty’ Akoto, Anthony Boateng, Nicholas Wayo, Soja, among others and while you read the book, you will remember vividly the Art signed by this painters that you saw in Art Galleries all over Ghana, and you will smile, giving your self that triumphant pinch of having come face to face with such great works.
You’ll read chapters like;
- Meeting Almighty Akoto
- Landing in Accra
- Fishing in Prampram
- The New school Roof
- Big Duncan’s Flags
- One Dark Night
- African Spiritual Re-Awakening
- Signs of Life
- Strangers in Accra
( This is one of my favorite Chapters.) A young man who is gay struggles to find his way about how he would make the big announcements, his truth, to his religious family(Johavah’s witnesses) and he ponders as of whether its really necessary to confess this bitter truth that’s most likely to make him an outcast, or some truths are rather left unsaid.
- Gateway to Success
- Gytha’s visit
- Spinning Yarns
- From Accra to Abomey
- In Prince’s Town.
In General, you’ll have a marvelous read through such Ghanaian, Italian, Beninese, and Togolese Pop cultural. You’ll think of trips to the Volta, the endless streams of Kente, the bright colors on the streets of Accra, the sculptures of Popular Artists in the Francophone world, and you’ll wonder how it truly must have been for a European delegate mingling into this life.
But what’s fascinating mostly is the enormous love for the Queen of England that the Ghanaians in this book have, and it will no longer surprise you why their names are along the lines of Longdon, Graham, Woode, Abey, and so much more!
The book also goes into hints of feminism, visibility of patriarchy in African culture, the questioning of one’s origins, African Philosophical thought, and a bit of social theory, digging into Christianity, sexism and gender roles, African Traditional Religions, Stereotypes, and of course lots of pop culture and Contemporary Art. It will haunt you with all imagines of the BBC documentaries directed by Ava Duverny, take you to Brazil to witness the similarity in some cultures, and make you think of Voodoo and how easily people slide from one into the other.
Please, if you are really fond of Contemporary Art and pop culture. This book is a must-read.