Accra is more than just a capital city.It is a microcosm of Ghana. It is a virtual map of the nations soul, a complex geographical display of its indigenous presence, the colonial imposition, declarations of freedom, followed by coups d’etat, decades of dictatorship, and then, finally, a steady march forward into a promising future.
From the introduction by Nana-Ama Danquah
Thirteen Tales of the trouble people find in the capital city of Ghana.
Accra is the perfect setting for noir fiction. The telling of such tales—ones involving or suggesting death, with a protagonist who is flawed or devious, driven by either a self-serving motive or one of the seven deadly sins—is woven into the fabric of the city’s everyday life .
This book has some great stories showing the dark world of Accra from a variety of contributors including:
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Kwame Dawes, Adjoa Twum, Kofi Blankson Ocansey, Billie McTernan, Ernest Kwame Nkrumah Addo, Patrick Smith, Anne Sackey, Gbontwi Anyetei, Nana-Ama Danquah, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Eibhlín Ní Chléirigh, and Anna Bossman.
For me the story that lingered was called The Driver. The sadness that tinged the story really stood out along with the new opportunities and brought up a myriad of emotions.
This book, part of a series exploring different locations, is a wonderful step into the places that it probbaly wouldnt be safe to wander alone at night.
Accra Noir is due out on 3rd June.