I Speak of Ghana simply throws your everyday terrible experience in Ghana back at you. But instead of hissing and cursing, you shed tears. Tears of laughter.
Manasseh Azure Awuni, Ghana Journalist of the Year 2011
I Speak of Ghana is an honest journey of deft oration replete with the sounds (from the harmonious to the cacophonic), smells (including the pleasant and unpleasant), sights (from the eye-catching to the embarrassing), frustrations, triumphs and the mundane – everything that makes the Ghanaian experience finds its way into this book. Unlike the typical ranting about Ghanaian situations, Nana performs an insightful examination of the heart of the matter. Dissimilar to empty praise, Nana thoroughly embraces the issues that give us hope as people connected to Ghana. Narrated with humor, the book is Nana’s eloquence at its best.
Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang, PhD Student in Literature, West Virginia University
The author has “standardised” the Ghanaian‘s everyday street English language, the form a booklong will frown at. I Speak of Ghana is in its own class, I won’t even attempt to categorize it. It defies the usual, it cuts across all categories. Almost any aspect of society has been addressed in I speak of Ghana. The list is tall: Health, Transport, Education, Sports, Poetry, History, Religion, Psychology, Politics, Motivational, National development and international relations (Sikaman and Eko land).
I Speak of Ghana is a presentation of the make-up of the Ghanaian society in a witty and rib cracking manner. From the Ghanaian‘s poor attitude towards time through to our poor customer service and down to our politics, journalism, media, legislation and youth empowerment, Nana has addressed very serious national issues yet with a great sense of humour. You will laugh and have fun reading I Speak of Ghana but most importantly it will jolt you to desire changes in your life and society as a whole. To borrow Nana‘s words, I will say “It is a fearful thing to read I Speak of Ghana and not make any meaningful contribution to Sikaman.”
Enoch Awuku Anti, Author, Speaker and CEO – Truth Publications
God in his infinite wisdom, knowing the kind of challenges the Ghanaian will go through, has blessed us with a very sharp sense of humour to sweeten our lives. In I Speak of Ghana, Nana Damoah gives us a taste of the Ghanaian dish served Ghanaian style. Five stars! A must-read!
Kwabena Ankoma-Kwakye , Penn State University Graduate Student, Burt Award for African Literature (Ghana) winning author of ‘The Deliverer’
It’s a rare person who can be both funny and wise at the same time. Yet that is exactly the way to describe Nana Awere Damoah’s writings in this small but compelling short story collection about contemporary life in Ghana. In it the reader will find Ghanaman in traffic, or Ghanawoman paying the corrupt policeman. Either way, one knows these are the words of a master story teller who handily blurs the lines between laughing so hard it makes one cry, or crying so hard it makes one laugh.
But perhaps even more importantly, Nana Awere Damoah has realistically captured the day-to-day experiences of a nation in transition. The Ghanaian@52 could not possibly be at the Ghanaian@1, nor will she be the Ghanaian@100. Ghana, and the people who inhabit her, are undergoing tremendous societal changes. Whether the subject is youth, the state of the roads or the politicians, I Speak of Ghana serves as a valuable record for this moment in the nation’s history. It’s a wise man who can tell that story, and that’s no joke.
Maureen Moore, Professor of Humanities, Cosumnes River College, USA
The first book, I thought it was a fluke; then came the second, third and now this one. Blown away is all I can say. After I recovered, I asked myself if Nana had done justice to the title of the book by restricting it to Ghana. Whilst Nana speaks of Ghana in the book, the issues he raises are so universal to Africa that one could change the names of people and places in the book and the book would speak volumes of any African setting. Hats off and well done to Nana for putting together such a masterpiece that can traverse the terrain and boundaries of the African continent, irrespective of his modest approach of restricting it to Ghana. I Speak of Ghana explains Ghana and its places a lot better than Google maps or a tourist guide to Sikaman that you find at port of entry information desks. A must-read for the courageous who want to be told the truth and do something about it. And those who want to learn Ghana in a humorous way.
Panganai Chatapura, Zimbabwean living in South Africa
I Speak of Ghana, a mixed bag of personal experiences and thoughts, snippets of comments and declarations, brings to mind all over again what could be done better in Ghana, what is ignored and overlooked to our general detriment. But, clearly, what could be done better in our nation the Republic of Ghana is well articulated. What shines through undoubtedly in this book is that social and political issues are inextricably linked. Finding solutions to all these is our collective responsibility so ‘Why Sweat Elsewhere’?
Bernadette Araba Adjei, Lawyer/Writer
Nana takes you on a journey of hope as he candidly paints the picture of contemporary life in Ghana. With his tools – assorted brushes of storytelling, Ghanaman prose and poetry – he creates an imagery that cements your hope for a better Ghana, tomorrow. The man of humor that he is, he never leaves you bored on this literal journey. There is no original Ghanaian who would not enjoy the wits of Nana in the best textbook in the course of understanding a Ghanaian.
Nana Ayimadu Bekoe, Scriptwriter