Writers are creators, they create with their words.
There was a conversation on my TL where people were asked to mention their favorite Ghanaian novel. Some people complained that most Ghanaian writers didn’t expand their stories well, the drama was too raw and the twists and turns were obvious. I realized something too, the story lines were usually one of these; Pre-colonial Ghana, Colonial Ghana, post colonial Ghana, ananse stories, traditions and culture or bad things happening in our society.
But can Ghanaian writers try completely new stuff? Like create a mythical world,create their own creatures, their own universe? Who would have thought there could be a part of London that was only accessible to witches? Or a whole new world existed behind a wardrobe? Or some people were being ruled by an evil ring? Or better still we could have our own super heroes who will fight all these corrupt and greedy men in society. Stories like these play with our imagination and help us create things we didn’t know could exist. Enid Blyton wrote some great books for children, are there any Ghanaian books children can read and build their imagination? You see people have the Batman/Superman who is stronger argument, you might think its childish but it takes a lot of thinking and imagining and creating (Batman will win though).
All I’m saying is, imagination brings about inventions, some time back, video calls and tablets existed only in movies but now its real.Can Ghanaian authors help us imagine and create? Can they excite us? Can they write stories that will inspire us to become better people and build a better society?
A questioning me,
ps. My fav Ghanaian novel is Money Galore by Amu Djoleto. I will talk about that book in my next post