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Ayesha Harruna Attah

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Ayesha Harruna Attah I was always undecided about what I wanted to be. I flirted with medicine, architecture ... at one point I even wanted to become a detective! Writing…moreI was always undecided about what I wanted to be. I flirted with medicine, architecture ... at one point I even wanted to become a detective! Writing allows me to inhabit all these worlds that interest me. I can play doctor, architect, detective, and more as a writer. That to me, is the best thing about being a writer.(less)
Ayesha Harruna Attah I have many favorite writers. It's hard to choose. I do find myself going back to Toni Morrison, Naguib Mahfouz, Mary Gaitskill, Doreen Baingana,…moreI have many favorite writers. It's hard to choose. I do find myself going back to Toni Morrison, Naguib Mahfouz, Mary Gaitskill, Doreen Baingana, Junot Diaz a lot.... I could keep adding. The list is long!

I don't think I set out to intentionally write politics into my work--I actually don't like politics!--but having grown up in Ghana, and now living in Senegal, I realize a day doesn't go by when politics isn't featured in one's life. Just listen to the conversations around you. Whether it's about the lack of power or potholes in a road or strikes--it's all about politics.(less)
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Saturday's Shadows (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: The protagonists of Saturday’s Shadows experience the fine line between sanity and madness as they try to find and hold on to love in the volatile world of 1990s West Africa. After a seventeen-year military dictatorship, a country tries to find its footing while the members of the middle class Avoka family lurch towards destruction. They live in a politically complex climate, a time so tenuous that the country could easily dip back into its military past.
Harmattan Rain (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Harmattan Rain follows three generations of women as they cope with family, love and life. A few years before Ghana’s independence, Lizzie-Achiaa’s lover disappears. Intent on finding him, she runs away from home. Akua Afriyie, Lizzie-Achiaa’s first daughter, strikes out on her own as a single parent in a country rocked by successive coups. Her daughter, Sugri grows up overprotected. She leaves home for university in New York, where she learns that sometimes one can have too much freedom. In the end, the secrets parents keep from their children eventually catch up with them. Harmattan Rain was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Africa Region.
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