We first featured Nana Awere Damoah as a contributing author to African Roar: An Eclectic anthology of African authors. It is a pleasure to feature Nana’s Damoah’s third book, Tales From Different Tails, which comes out on December 1st this year.
An excerpt of the foreword to the book written by Kofi Akpabli, CNN African Journalist for Arts and Culture (Winner for 2010 and 2011) reads: “Each time a writer digs into his resources and brings out a story, humanity is largely, well- served. But it first begins with curiosity and plenty of generosity. In other words, one must first be interested in observing the human situation, and care enough to share. Tales from Different Tails sets out exactly to achieve this. In this selected work of fiction, Nana Awere Damoah gifts the world with his and our story and tells them in terms that enable us relate effectively. Set in contemporary Ghanaian society, the stories are themed on fate, romance, love and camaraderie betrayed. Everyone has a price and… their broom. You either name the price or find the broom that sweeps them off their feet!”
Tales From Different Tails as one would expect has also received an enormous number of early reviews and praises, one of which is by Ayesha Harruna Attah, Author of Harmattan Rain. ”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!”
For those who would like to get a taster, please see below for synopsis of the stories.
The new academic year has started and school is under siege. Reason? ‘October Rush’. Heads keep turning as students struggle to juggle academic work with relationship wahala. The freshers are tagged New Stock, sophomores as Reduce to Clear while final years are Buy One Get On Free. Follow ‘October Rush’ as it tells the intricate story of University romance. For some, it is learning the ropes, for others it is a do or die affair. Find your feet in this hot, intense, and pacey affair. The Rush is on!
It is true that the one who you save the bullet for might be the one pulling the trigger. So the story goes that Kweku Ananse took the meat right out of his bosom friend, Akoto’s, mouth when he stole Ama Adoma from him. But it is also true that when they lie they will lie again because the deception never end. Amidst the lies and disloyalty truth comes to light like a calabash that has been forced in water. All said and done, did Ama fall for Kweku? How did Akoto find out about his fiancé, Ama’s, true love for him? This story teaches the values of patience, perseverance and love in the face of lies.
Dribble de Zagidibogidi
Vengeance is of God but can the human mind truly forgive and forget? Zagidibogidi (Randy) is accused of brutally raping Rose, the only lady he would catch the moon for. As things turn out, Rose is the only one who could save him from going to jail. Wicked twist? Rose has fallen into coma. But help comes from strange places. Babyface, Randy’s lawyer, vowed to do his best to prove his client’s innocence. Will justice be denied by it being delayed? Could there be some unfinished business with Babyface on Get Even Day? Revenge must be sweet when served cold and slowly…it is payback time! Yes, a broken mirror can be patched but the crack will forever be there.
The elders say women are supposed to sell garden eggs not gun powder. But Araba’s heart aches for Kwesi. What risks can a young lady take in making her love known to the man she loves? Should she go ahead and propose love? For the most haunted spinster in Assin Kabrofo, it is only a matter of time before she loses heartthrob Kwesi. This unwritten law in African setting is eating away this beautiful village queen. But do African gods condone breaking gender ranks? Hope can only be held onto with hands and feet. And with prayer that it is not dashed to pieces as pottery on the rocks that line the banks of River Ankobra.
The only stories villagers hear of the city is that of glamour with streets paved with gold, money hanging on trees and the taps overflowing with milk and honey. This story shatters the dream of city life for Kojo Nkrabeah and Akwasi Poku. Akilipee has come to Moseaso from the city with well embellished stories. These stories lured the orphaned Kojo Nkrabeah and his friend, Akwasi Poku. In their haste to escape their mundane village lives, they learn the hard way where the grass is green. This is not your ordinary village-to-city story but one that immerses the reader into the best of both worlds.
Guardian of the Rented Well
Akos is a married woman who wants her book published. Benson wants everything in skirt. How does he draw the line between pleasure with this taken lady and the business at hand? This story shows the resolve of married women and the extent to which they go to show or betray love and trust.
Was it Akos who coveted Benson to get her way? Or it was Benson who risked his life guarding the rented well. What has all this got to do with Lieutenant Patrick Atiemo? Something has to give, but what? Follow this maze of a crazy love affair gone terribly wrong …
Face to Face – Trotro Palaver
If you have not taken a trotro, aka troski in Ghana, then either you are not a Ghanaian or haven’t visited Ghana. The ordinary man’s means of transportation in Ghana comes with lots of hustle and drama. The tight seating arrangements, the conversations, the potpourri of smells the laughter, gossips, the political debates as well as the twists, turns and trickery to outwit the police. This adventure brings you face to face as we take a short winding yet hilarious ride in the old Morris troski, with registration number ABC 4037. Join Akwasi the aplanke (drivers mate) who holds a PhD in cunning, slippery mathematics and his master, Massa Kojo, the man who uses a toothpick in his mouth like a ceiling brush, as they drive us from Pig Farm to Circle…. vroooooommmmmm…….Away bus!
When the heart decides, it is the mind that plans. A message sent to the mind simply reads: “I have found my desire—my missing rib,” and sets the brain in motion. Stories of human love always go with sorrow, joy, deceit, unfailing dedication and jealousy. To win the heart of this striking beauty of eve’s daughter, he must climb the seven skies and back, he must scale the China wall to profess love and win her heart. A moving rollercoaster of a love story which takes readers through the steps to win Adjoa’s heart. This was so delicate and complicated it had to be handled like a final year project work on a University campus. Was this another happily ever after tale or a masterpiece of storytelling with sting at the very end?
Tales from Different Tails will be launched on 1 December 2011 at the Teacher’s Hall Complex near Workers’ College and Tigo Headoffice, Adabraka, Accra, at 6pm. This is Nana Awere Damoah’s third book, the first two being Excursions in My Mind (2008) and Through the Gates of Thought (2010).
By Nii Thompson (Source: MyWeku.com; Credits for Synopsis – Abubakar Ibrahim/Kofi Akpabli)