There are many works by writers of mind-boggling intellectual ingenuity. But Nana Awere Damoah is a different breed of writer: he is not only a mind-boggler but also a literary nurse of the convalescent mind. He is an author of boundless creativity, whose wit acts as a brush that paints a beautiful picture of an analytic world that unites fiction and reality. And if there is a simple, objective term to describe him, he is simply an intellectual rebel who invests a new world of endless creativity. Nana succeeds in taking his reader to a higher level of abstraction about life without the usual uneasy sense of guilt that comes with rebelling against established norms. He bears the incisive penetration of a master surgeon.
Business and Financial Times
Nana Awere Damoah’s stories have a way of taking us way back to the villages where we all have our beginnings, to University years laced with excitement and longing, and then dropping us right in the middle of bustling city life with its hustlers and everyday people struggling to earn a cedi. Each story has its lessons, both for readers and characters, sometimes tough, other times hopeful, and after reading Tales from Different Tails one is left with the sense of having lived so many lives, of having encountered so many personalities. What a delightful collection!
Ayesha Harruna Attah, Author of Harmattan Rain
I have just thoroughly enjoyed reading October Rush and found it full of so much wit, suspense, empathy and humor. Well done to Nana, for so easily transporting me back to my university days, with such vivid descriptions of his characters, scenes and events. I can’t wait to buy copies of the book as gifts to my non-Ghanaian friends to give them a brilliant glimpse into one aspect of Ghanaian college or university life.
Ben Dotsei Malor, Communications Advisor, United Nations, formerly of BBC World Service
I started the first story October Rush and couldn’t put the book down. Made me wish I went to University in Ghana. The words used to describe events and people made me feel like I was watching a movie. What can I say – titillating!
Mariska Taylor-Darko: Author of The Secret to Detoxifying your Life and Love, Rhythms of Poetry in Motion and A Widow Must Not Speak
To read Nana Awere Damoah’s classics, you need a quiet place and a good drink. Reading this classic, I was on a journey with Nana’s characters, rediscovering the simple pleasures in life, wishing life could always be like what he writes, definitely a must read! Nana is a great writer always seeing the lighter side of life. NAD, thank you!
Whitney Boakye-Mensah: Events Planner, Entertainment Critic and Broadcast Journalist
Nana Awere Damoah’s style of writing is impeccable, waxing his stories with no efforts; lacing each line with enough pun, humor and anecdotes that will even make the humor-deprived father-of-ten beam proudly with smiles. Tales From Different Tails is a must-have book for every literature addict, anyone looking for a new lease of life in African Literature and the general reading populace. The Surgeon-General recommends Tales From Different Tails for people with cardiac problems caused by both known and unknown factors as the book is scientifically proven to contain antioxidants and other mineral-rich elements.
Qouphy Appiah Obirikorang, Writer/IT Professional
Tales from Different Tails is written in a free-flowing, conversational style which all will find easy to follow. Start reading and you are transported back into the “good old days” of schooling and small town life, when we were still discovering ourselves and carving niches for the future. Nana Damoah writes in a style reminiscent of the late Merari Alomele of Sikaman Palaver fame, and his writing is liberally dosed with Ghanamanisms, proverbs and metaphors unique to the Ghanaian society. Be prepared to call up your friends from college days to have a good laugh.
Jemimah Etornam Kassah, Trondheim, Norway
Nana Awere Damoah’s Tales from Different Tails is an easy read; some stories made me laugh out and other left me thinking. The stories bring back memories of life on campus and give an interesting look into some things we go through in life as a whole; from feeling overwhelmed on your first day on campus through, as a female, feeling like fresh meat left out with flies all over you in handling heart matters on and off campus, to dealing with the everyday life of taking troski. Tales from Different Tails sometimes. Nana Awere Damoah uses words that make it easy for people from all age groups to read and understand, and injects humor which makes you want to keep reading. I really enjoyed this book.
Henrietta Hammond-Boadu, IT Professional
Having read Nana Awere’s two previous books, Through the Gates of Thought and Excursions in my Mind, I was looking forward to another riveting read and truly I haven’t been disappointed! Indeed, tales from different tails. From the interesting business of finding love on a typical university campus to the exhausting but, sometimes, hilarious task of using public transport in Ghana, Nana Awere uses his excellent story telling skills to talk about everyday life situations through his fascinating characters. Be prepared to be serenaded by Inte Gorang, the hopeful lovers Araba and Kwesi, and encounter the wily aplanke Akwasi. Well, what can I say? ‘Thumps up!’ Nana Awere Damoah.
Yvonne Amenuvor, Nurse, Avid Reader
If you thought the good old days of Ama Atta Aidoo are over, think again. Tales from Different Tails is totally different, refreshing, savvy and very Ghanaian. It is beautifully punctuated with some very real and identifiable African youth situations. Great story lines, sweeping clichés, easy to follow themes, funny punch lines and remarkable characters to remember long after you have read the stories. Ghanaian literature elevated. This is a must read for any lover of literature anywhere in the world!
Abubakar Ibrahim, Freelance Writer, Public Relations Practitioner
Everyday happenings written in simple language. Every sub-topic is as true as the word. The issue of grabbing reminds readers of how University students struggle to get attached to the opposite sex so as not to be left out of the fun or troubles associated with it. And as for the troski wahala, any Ghanaian who has not had a feel of it is missing out. It is the only platform where everybody on it has a say – the educated and uneducated alike.
Peggy Ama Donkor, Journalist of the Year (Ghana, 2005)
Like wine, Nana A Damoah is getting better with age. He has now outgrown the mediocrity of virginity and is writing with the aplomb of a veteran. His new book is like what a cigarette is to a smoker. If you don’t want to get hooked to it, don’t start it.
Panganai Chatapura, South Africa
With interesting stories like Project Akoma, Dribble de Zagidibogidi and October Rush, Nana engages his readers’ attention with very vivid descriptions and a great sense of humor. For most parts of my reading, I found myself imagining the scenes. For someone who didn’t attend a traditional Ghanaian university, I was particularly thrilled with October Rush. Tales of Different Tails is a fantastic book that readers can really relate to. I have fallen in love with Nana Awere Damoah’s art of storytelling!
Vivian Affoah, Journalist
A masterful survey of contemporary Ghanaian society with stories that touch and tickle in equal measure. Where Damoah excels is in drawing well rounded characters, setting them free on the page and observing the dynamic, intricate relationships that ensue…. a must read for this year.
Tendai Huchu, Author of ‘The Hairdresser of Harare’
Tales from Different Tails is filled with the descriptive detail of an observant anthropologist, the literary reinvention of the legendary trickster, Kwaku Ananse, combined with the humor of everyday life in Ghana. This witty account of how faith shapes individual choices as they sway between the sacred and the profane, includes the travails of friendship and betrayal, as well as the joys of love; agape et al. Nana Awere Damoah is gradually settling into his role as a muse of his generation.
Dr Harry Odamtten, Assistant Professor, African and Atlantic History, Santa Clara University, U.S.A.
Stunning! A fresh addition to the growing body of magnificent writing from Africa.
Geoff Gyasi, Book Blogger (Geosi Reads)
These stories are panoplies of boulders shaped and molded by the currents that drive Nana Awere Damoah’s distant and close experiences. Tales from Different Tails is an ingenious craft linking past with present and core issues with words. The tales streamed over pages in this book are bolstered by the author’s duteous attentiveness to details.
Joseph Omotayo, Writer, Book Blogger
Nana Awere Damoah’s Tales from Different Tails encapsulates the everyday life of an African. His choice of words are ‘magical’ and the graphic mental picture is eccentric. This is a must-read for lovers of African literature.
Fidelis Mbah, News Correspondent for Nigeria, BBC World Service
In this collection of stories, Nana Damoah, once again, makes the ageless art of African story-telling attractive. Tales from Different Tails weaves a diversity of refreshingly familiar sceneries to portray the rich tapestry of African culture, employs humor to espouse timeless lessons, and adopts simple language to subtly reveal the complexities of the human nature. This book will teach you, encourage you, comfort you and set you thinking.
Theo Aryee, Poet/Banker
Every story in Tales from Different Tails is intriguing, keeping you engaged till you finish. Nana makes you part of his stories. He makes you feel you live within the settings of the story. I will possibly name his stories ’3D imaginary images’. He takes you through a reading cruise where you wish the reading never ends. Really it cannot be taken from him, he is such a prolific writer
Yvonne Boateng, Pharmacist
Tales from Different Tails is another classic book by Nana Damoah. Typical of Nana’s style of writing, it is an excellent mix of humor, excitement and lessons. This book leaves you smiling long after you are done. How can one forget Sulley Maame’s waakye which has an aroma that promises heaven but delivers something close to hell! Or Ebo who tries to win a woman’s heart literary with game, akrantie? Or perhaps my favorite guy Inte Gorang. Bravo, Nana. This is very well done.
Dr Frank A Asante-Peprah, Dr. Of Pharmacy and Dip Marketing (CIM)
Every age has its geniuses who are blessed with the ability to bring meaning to African cultural life. Nana Awere Damoah does this through incredible story telling spiced with humour, passion and with the sharp eye of an ardent social observer. Tales from Different Tails is a clarion call not only to reminisce but also to reach for the insights of current contemporary Ghanaian cultural life. My favourite in this wonderful collection of stories is Face To Face – Tro Tro Palaver. In the time it takes to smile and nod at the musings of the characters, Nana Damoah has skilfully moved in for the coup de grace leaving me wanting more.
Nii Thompson, Editor, MyWeku.com
I found October Rush to be an entertaining rendering of University life in Ghana. Your characters’ plights are relatable, and for those who’ve passed through the Ghana university system, October Rush will, no doubt, bring back fond memories of various escapades similar those of your characters. While the end of the story was largely expected, you included a little twist that brought all the characters full circle. And who doesn’t like a happy ending where the good people get rewarded for their goodness and the bad get what’s coming to them.
Empi Baryeh, Writer and Author of upcoming book Chancing Faith
The short stories in Tales from Different Tails are simple and sweet. Brief and beautifully detailed. They are not too long to tail off at endings; beautifully brief but conclusive in the manner of African tales. Even if you hate reading, you can’t resist TALES FROM DIFFERENT TAILS!
Stanley Courage Dugah, Writer/Poet
In Tales From Different Tails, Nana Awere Damoah dipped into his bank of wits and pulled out an absorbing tale written with a breezy expertise. It is an edge of the seat breed of story that will keep you tearing through the pages.”
Seth Bokpe, Journalist, Graphic
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