Current events in the good ole U.S. of A. are causing me to turn my sights abroad for inspiration. Thus today’s perspective focuses on the recent work of Nana Awere Damoah, an emerging writer in Ghana whose work is simultaneously intellectual and inspirational.
Damoah has published two books, including Through the Gates of Thought, as well as many short stories, including a morality tale entitled “Truth Floats” which appears in the anthology African Roar, edited by Emmanuel Sigauke and Ivor W. Hartmann. About a year ago I wrote a review for African Roar, but today I will examine Damoah’s work exclusively.
Based on a line written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Through the Gates of Thought acts as a vehicle of advice by way of anecdotes, vignettes and action exercises, which serve as calls to action. Each chapter is numbered as a “gate” through which the reader passes, after first presenting a series of Akan proverbs along with Emerson’s passage: “The gates of thought – how slow and late they discover themselves! Yet when they appear, we see that they were always there, always open.” One encounters the book’s title as a reflection of Damoah’s desire to have the reader’s mind expanded. And it works!
Read the full review here: http://pinnaclesandthepedestrian.blogspot.com/2011/07/shiny-bright-and-new.html