A new collection of short stories from eight African countries launches in Accra on March 19 2020 at the British Council. Sponsored by Vidya Bookstore, Between the Generations- An Anthology for Ama Ata Aidoo at 80 is dedicated to the distinguished Ghanaian writer and poet, Ama Ata Aidoo whose works include the award-winning novel, Changes, and the play, Dilemma of a Ghost, published fifty-five years ago.
Described by editor Ivor Agyeman-Duah as ‘international affairs through fiction’, the 230-page collection tackles wealth and inequality, immigration, sisterhood, love lost and regained and other contemporary issues of Africa and the world. Opening with Aleppo by Ama Ata Aidoo, the anthology includes stories by eleven other contemporary African writers: Nigerian novelists, Sefi Atta, Ogochukwu Promise; South African novelist, Njabulo S. Ndebele; Senegalese novelist Boubacar Boris Diop, Ghanaian novelists, Ayesha Haruna Attah, Bisi Adjapon, Martin Egblewogbe, and Gheysika Adombire Agambila; Rwandan writer, Louise Umutoni and Cameroonian writer Ray Ndebi.
The special guest of honour for the event is Nigerian Nobel Laureate in Literature, Professor Wole Soyinka, who will also present his fiftieth book: Beyond Aesthetics- Use, Abuse and Dissonance in African Art Traditions. Other featured guests include the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Ghana, Mrs Barbara Oteng Gyasi and the Head of UNESCO-Ghana- Mr. Abdourahamane Diallo.
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