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The Healers

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  124 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Fiction. African Studies. THE HEALERS tells a story of the conflict and regeneration focused on replacing toxic ignorance with the healing knowledge of African unity.
Paperback, 317 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Per Ankh (first published 1979)
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Apart from Things Fall Apart - The Healers - is probably one of the boldest attempts in African Literature to re-imagine the African past with a vividness and directness that speaks to contemporary African lives. A book of impressive depth and characterisation, it depicts Ghanaian/Ashanti civilization at a moment of confrontation with Europeans encroaching on their independence, and its exploration of
slavery within African society, and as practiced by Europeans is one of the most vivid, relevan
Dora Okeyo
So far I like Densu and I am keen to know who killed Appia (the Prince and heir to the throne). All evidence leads to Abbabio and before I judge him, I'd want to know why Densu, though a prince, does not want royalty but only seeks to be a healer and how Damfo would help him.
My fears turned out to be true and that Abbabio in his quest for power and control actually made sure that the people turned against Densu, but he did have people who helped him-and here the writer employs the Hero archetype
Chakera Mcintosh
One of my all time favorites, a poignant book that deserves to be read again and again because it shows in a subtle way the complexities of leadership. Vision isn't enough, outside circumstances often have more impact than we imagine and organisation is the key in the face of division.
Armah is one of those rare literary writers who combines the historical with African characters who are trying to redeem the continent from its historical and current problems. I consider this text part of a trilogy ("KMT: in the house of life" and "Two Thousand Seasons") and if I may add "The beautiful ones are not yet born". All these books cover the impact of internal irresponsibility (i.e., African caste system, social slavery and tribal violence) and external forces (i.e., slave trade, colo ...more
Aryam Tewolde
he is a good story teller.
Shinuna Said
Its is a great insight into african way of life where traditional livelihood living in unity is harshly fragmented. This is portrayed by the injustice where the lead character, Densu, wants to leave the world of manipulation and deception. He finds refuge in a healer, who is his mentor in many ways.

Good versus evil, manipulation versus inspiration, creativity versus destruction and unity versus dis-unity is the main theme in the Healers. It was a school literature book but reread it many times!
Set in pre-colonial Africa, this story raises the spectre of conflict within society which has all too often preceded and aided foreign invasions.

I read this book some years ago and it has remained my favourite novel by Ayi Kwei Armah. This is an excellent tale full of lessons which are just as relevant in the 21st Century.
See my video book review in The Collagist: It is the third part in my series on African literature.

In short: Ayi Kwei Armah is a most fantastically underrated author. This is a novel told by a true storyteller.
this book is very good, the detail and imagery are amazing. although it takes place in pre/colonialized (yet after white men have arrived) africa, the lessons and parables still ring very true to us today. i can't put it down... better review once i have completed the book in entirety.
Aug 31, 2008 Tswarelo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who have not read it
Recommended to Tswarelo by: Blak Phar i
The True history of our land. our people. part of it perhaps. the existance of the healers and the art of healing. it brought me closer to who i truly am. what it is i would love to make my vocation as a being and that is being a healer. and a scribe. the healing scribe.
Ifasola Oguntunde
This book is an allegorical manual of the role of the traditional indigenous priest in West African society. The bonus is the setting: Nana Armah shows us how slavery and colonialism cracked the infrastructure of our traditional culture as well. A primer for any Afrocentricist.
Nana Fredua-Agyeman
This novel follows the footsteps of The Healers. It shows the path that will lead to Africa's redemption.

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Born to Fante-speaking parents, with his father's side Armah descending from a royal family in the Ga tribe in the port city of Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana, [1] Armah, having attended the renowned Achimota School, left Ghana in 1959 to attend Groton School in Groton, MA. After graduating, he entered Harvard University, receiving a degree in sociology. Armah then moved to Algeria and worked as a transl ...more
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