5 Most Popular Books By Ghanaian Authors

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Ghana is the home of renowned authors known both locally and internationally, whose creative writings/ fictions/ plays/poetry has affected lives. A moment of going through books written by these ghanaians, you will discover truth and wisdom about life embedded therein, that shows the reason why you find them at every major bookshop. Even in the course of  making this list, I found out that there are many books within this category hence making it a little bit hard to come up with a comprehensive list, nevertheless I still came up with this list of 5 most popular books by ghanaian authors.

1) Ghana Must Go

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Written by Taiye Selasi, born in london and raised in Massachusetts by a Nigerian and Ghanaian parents. Ghana Must Go” tells the story of Folasadé Savage, who leaves Lagos for Pennsylvania, where she meets her Ghanaian husband, Kweku Sai, a brilliant surgeon. Fola, as she is called, gives up her dream of going to law school in order to raise their four children. After losing his job, Kweku abandons them all and returns to Ghana.The  title was chosen as a result of  the expulsion of Ghanaians from Lagos in 1983, and the book is first of all an immigrant story. Such an interesting piece of work you will love to explore.

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2) Sosu’s call

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In 1999, it Won the UNESCO Prize for Children and Young People’s Literature. The book is beautifully illustrated as the story of Sosu, a young boy who is disabled; Sosu cannot walk. He does not go to school or participate in the activities of the other children. But his life changes when he saves his village, which lies on a lagoon, from being destroyed by the sea. As the waters rise, Sosu begins drumming and alerts the people who are out fishing. He is rewarded for his heroism with a wheelchair, and so at last, goes to school. The book was written by Meshack Asare, born 1945 in Ghana and studied Fine Arts at the College of Art in Kumasi

3) Wife of the Gods

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Written by an author Kwei Quartey, was born in Accra, the capital of Ghana. He’s a practicing physician in California.The wives of the gods are women or girls among a small population in a particular region of Ghana who, according to Quartey, are given over to a type of priest to atone for the crimes of their families. According to Kwei Quartey, “They do a lot of hard work for him,” (trokosi the priest). “And once they’ve reached puberty, he has sex with them.” In Wife of the Gods, the murdered AIDS worker was trying to warn the women about their risk of contracting an STD from the priest for whom they were working.

4) The beautiful ones are not yet born

The beautiful ones are not yet born

Ayi Kwei Armah was born in 1939 to Fante-speaking parents in the port city of Takoradi, Ghana. The main theme of the novel is that of corruption  in Africa. The novel tells the story of a man who was finding it difficult to settle himself with the reality of Ghana after it gained independence. The main character, “The Man” as referred to throughout the whole novel, refuses some temptation as people tried to bribe him, but his actions of trying to be clean angered his wife and his mother in law. The Man kept a humble occupation, and regardless of the constant scorns from his wife, he lived an honest life, even if that condemned him to a life of poverty. The author used the man to represent some common man in Ghana – who has no choice, but to live in the poorest slums and live from hand to mouth. The author used the novel to expresses his disappointment and sarcasm engendered in Ghana in the times after Ghana gained independence, between Passion Week in 1965 and February 1966. The author used different reinforcement of literature to depict his feelings. He used exaggeration to express his bitterness, the themes and characterization as well as some symbols and tone or words to show his sadness towards the government of Ghan

5) The Seasons of Beento Blackbird

The Seasons of Beento Blackbird

A love story written by  Solomon Wilberforce, a passionate novelist.  The Seasons of Beento Blackbird  is about a man who gets a double helping of love. He has two wives, each of which he loves in a different way.  His first wife lives in the Caribbean, the second one lives in Ghana.  Solomon divides his time spending winters on a beautiful island with Miriam, his first and older wife, summers with the younger Ashia in Ghana, and the remaining time in New York where he works as a children’s book writer under the pseudonym Beento Blackbird. Both women are in agreement with the arrangement, though maybe not so wholeheartedly.  It’s really complicated.

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The Women African Men Love To Date

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This is a question many women often ask themselves and many are yet to get the right answer to this mind buggling question. Most times a good relationship that seems to be going on well suddenly halts and most times you dont know the reason why they do, but the truth is that there is no smoke without fire. The men are not the problem here. Most people spend their life looking for that perfect person, my candid advice is that instead of looking for a particular kind of person, first try and become  that person then you will naturally  attracts that same kind of person. African men knows exactly what they want in a woman and that is exactly what they go for when they need a serious relationship. Here is a list of the women African men love to date.

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 Women who are playful:

There’s something that drives men wild and brings  them into a deeper level of connection with women . Men love to be active and to play. They were raised to express themselves and connect with those around them through action. Unfortunately, too many women seem to forget this and want to talk their way into a man’s heart. But the fact is that men don’t “feel it” for you because of what you say. It’s not your words that make a man attracted to you, it’s the experiences you create with him. Watch or play sports together, be competitive in casual games like ping pong – even add a little teasing and sarcasm here and there – and you’ll really ramp up the attraction and interest. [More: Things You Didn’t Know About Ghanaians]

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 Be Sexual:

As much as you would like to shy away from this! the truth is that men love women who  loves sex – and makes no bones about it. She’s not selling it, she’s not using it as a tool to manipulate men – she just naturally craves it. Being Sexual is not to be confused with a nymphomaniac, who suffers from psychological problems – rather, she has somehow bypassed the female societal training of auctioning off the use of her vagina to the highest bidder . But her man love her because she is a free spirit who is actually honest about her sex drive. Very rare but worth searching the ends of the earth for. And to cap it up, she is very faithful to her man

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 Woman who Motivates him:

African men are strong and daring hence an average African man  would  get serious with a woman who pushes him to have a successful career, encouraging him to go for bigger things, such women are worth more than rubies and a reasonable African will do everthing to keep her.

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 Physical Traits:

When is comes to a woman’s physical attractiveness, men pay attention. Men want someone with them that they find good-looking for a number of reasons; one reason is that they want to show off their woman to other men. It feeds their ego when they have a physically attractive woman on their arm. Men are attracted to women with physical traits that suggest she is healthy, such as long and beautiful hair, a bright smile with white teeth, a narrow waist, a clear complexion and a healthy weight.

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 Independent women:

Real men want a woman who inspires them because she has great things going on her own life. They want a woman who has her own purpose other than being in a relationship. This is a good woman to find if you don’t have a lot of time to invest in a relationship or you’re the type of guy who needs a lot of space. Miss Independent has a real life of her own and is happily going in her own positive direction. She’s the type who wants a man in her life, but doesn’t need a man in her life. And she certainly isn’t looking for men to solve all her problems or blame when things don’t go her way. The best way to communicate this to a man is to stay busy in your own life and not suddenly make him your world.

Always sweet:

Sweet is a woman who’s positive, content with her life, always fun  to be around. She’s a genuine person without a bitch bone in her body. She’s always truly happy to see you and you find yourself looking forward to spending time with her. Miss Sweets are usually snapped up out of the dating market right away, so they’re pretty rare. But if you can find one, you’ve got a real treasure on your hands.

Woman with housekeeping skills:

Many African men still believe this is the primary responsibility of the woman in the house. They do understand the fact that women today are increasingly working outside the home, but yet, many said they still want to come home to a home-cooked meal, a clean home, and a loving and caring woman. Several others said they find a woman most attractive if she keeps her surroundings, (and her person) clean. The dating stage is where we study the woman we’re with. And if she’s not cleaning her own place, what makes you think she will be cleaning your place when the two of you get married?

7 Major Dating Tips For Ghanaian Men

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Lots of dates have gone sour because most of the people involved  failed to observe the rules. one silly mistake from you could cost you your life-partner, so why not take some time out and the major tips for a successful dating. While you may not have a lot of experience as far as dating goes right now, you can gain that experience in time and if you do, you may just suddenly find out that you have started to get along with women. To be able to achieve this, here are the 7 major dating tips for ghanaian men.

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1) Be punctual

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If you are picking her up from her home, then it is advisable to be there 5 minute before time. But don’t come any earlier or she will still be busy putting her makeup or getting dressed and won’t want you to see her half finished. One of the worst things you can do is turn up late. Turning up late will give her the wrong impressions of what you think about her. Women always assume the worst, so she’ll sit around considering the worst case scenarios when you’re late. Not only will she think that she has been stood up, but will also think that you are unreliable.

2) Compliment Her

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Women loves compliments because it makes her feel sexy, gorgeous and beautiful. She needs to feel you are attracted to her. Try as much as you can to make it real, dont let her think that you are making it up. The first thing to say to her is “you look beautiful” before you even ask how she is. Keep the compliments flowing throughout your date, such as “your hair looks nice, I like the color of it, and your outfit is great.” But don’t over flog it.

3) Be confident

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Everyone’s nervous on a first date, but there’s nothing more attractive than a bit of self-confidence. When it comes to conversation, stay in your comfort zone by coming up with a few topics that you can talk about easily so you’re not out of your depth too early. But it’s a delicate balance – no one wants to be the guy who bangs on about his comic book collection all night, or what a pro his is on the bench press. If in doubt, ask your date about themselves and go from there. It sounds simple, but choosing someone with similar interests is a big plus, by so doing both of you will have lots of things to talk about.

4) Bathe

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One of the most embarassing things you could do when going out on a date (especially if it is your first date with her) is to come looking dirty, unshaven and smelling bad. Women are clean and will judge you on how hygienic you are.  It doesn’t cost anything to take a bath and make an effort.
Always have in mind that bad breath and body odour are an instant turn off, and she will assume that this is how you are all the time. Even if you are just having a bad day or didn’t think you have time to clean up, she won’t see beyond your appearance,and you will find it very difficult to convince her otherwise, so you mind never get a second chance to impress her.

5) Listen to Her and Ask Questions

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Nobody wants to be ignored.  You can ask her questions, but more importantly listen to what she has to say. There is nothing woman likes more than when someone is interested in what they have to say. Remeber when asking asking questions, let it be questions that are relevent to what she is saying. I remember once I was sitting in a restaurant waiting for some friends. There was a man and woman sitting at the table next to mine and I couldn’t help overhearing their conversation, though it isn’t a conversation when only one person is talking. I could tell it was their first date from what he was telling her about himself. “I play Saturday league football, I like boxing…” He went on like this for about 10 minutes without stopping or asking her questions.
She was just sitting there nodding slightly every so often and looking bored. That day left an impact on me, and every time I have been on a date since, I have been conscious of the woman, making a point to take an interest in what she had to say. [Recommended: Ghanaian Celebrities on the News]

6) Be prepared

Your first date with her is a very good opportunity to make a good impression and show her the stuff you are made of, and believe me first impression means a lot. Get your hair cut, maybe invest in a new outfit, and check your teeth and nails are looking presentable. Plan to arrive a little early, so as to be settled. When it comes to order, avoid things that you have not eaten before.

7) Promise to Call her

Only tell her that you will call her if you mean it and intend on seeing her again. This is an awkward situation, and most of the time the easiest solution is to take her number and tell her you will call her. But don’t do it if you are not interested. Just say good night, smile and walk away. But if you do like her and are interested, then make sure you let her know and tell her you’ll be in touch.