Through the Gates of Thought: a review – by Francis Doku

I AM notorious for not being a big fan of motivational books hence I do not spend my time reading many of them. My reason is simple: it appears to me that most authors of motivational books just recycle old material, put new covers on them and then take them to the market to sell and since I hate to be swindled I stay away from them. That could be a mistake but it is what I don’t do.

I had therefore hoped that when I lay hands on ‘Through the Gates of Thought’, the new book authored by Nana Awere Damoah, it would not be a motivational book because that would have de-motivated me from reading it as much as I would love to. Thankfully it was not wholly a motivational book as I would know from turning the pages.

There are aspects of motivation and empowerment in the book but well presented by the author to ensure that it is not the normal ‘in your face’ kind of motivational writing. What you have is just a drop here and another there for good measure.

Again, it must be noted and forcefully emphasised that ‘Through the Gates of Thoughts’ is difficult to categorise into any particular genre as the author ensures that he hops around different areas of human endeavour to bring home his point. There is sometimes a sense of dé jà vu – that you have seen this somewhere before, but the way it is presented would make it difficult to trace.

Also, it is not an autobiography otherwise the author would have spoken only about himself and his life story, albeit borrowing very heavily from things that happened in his life to demonstrate some of the points that he sets out to drive home to the reader.

Furthermore, ‘Through the Gates of Thought’ is by no means a fictional work as a chunk of the material that combine to make the content of the book are factual accounts of things that have happened while Damoah was around or had been told of them to have happened. There are some which may be a bit farfetched but factual as well.

So what exactly is the subject matter of ‘Through the Gates of Thought’? It is basically a book that sets out to call on everybody who reads to come out of a certain situation by encouraging them to take an action in order to achieve certain goals. In my humble view, Damaoh’s goal in this book is to reinforce the saying that “the mind is a terrible thing to waste” and therefore I see it more as a book that exhorts and inspires the reader.

Continue reading Francis Doku’s review on his blog: The Francis Doku Blog

About the Reviewer:

Francis Doku is an ace Ghanaian arts and entertainment critic, who keeps a column in the widely circulated Graphic Showbiz, where he does a weekly review of programmes and presenters of radio and TV. He keeps a blog at

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