A 26-YEAR-OLD Ghanaian novelist, Ayesha Harruna Attah, last Friday outdoored her maiden literary piece, which tells a story of a Ghanaian woman who went far away from home to look for a lost lover in a foreign land.
The Ã¢â‚¬ËœHarmattan RainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ as it is titled, narrates how several years before GhanaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s independence, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Lizzie-AchiaaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lover disappears. Intent on finding him, she runs away from home.
Akua Afriyie, Lizzie-AchiaaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first daughter, strikes out on her own as a single parent in a country rocked by successive coupsÃ¢â‚¬Â.
Further in the 434-paged publication, Ayesha touched on Akua AfriyieÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s daughter, Sugri, who grew up overprotected. Ã¢â‚¬Å“She leaves home for university in New York, where she learns that sometimes, one can have too much freedom. Eventually, the secrets parents keep from their children catch up with themÃ¢â‚¬Â.
AyeshaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s audience could not help themselves but to be carried away in sheer ecstasy as she briskly read some erotic portions of the novel she had authored.
Present at the launch were Mr. Nat Amarteifio, ex-AMA boss, Prof. Atukwei Okai, a renowned poet, Ms. Anna Bossman, Acting Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), GhanaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s celebrated author, Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo, Dr. Audrey Gadzekpo, a Senior Lecturer at the School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana and others.
The young imaginary tale writer is a daughter of Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Harruna Attah, Managing Editor of Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe MailÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ newspaper. Ayesha obtained her First Degree in Biochemistry (Bsc) at the Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and later to the Columbia University for her Masters in Journalism.
Prof. Aidoo, on her part, described the young writer as very sensational and brilliant, noting that though imaginative writing was hard to come by in this part of the world, Ayesha was able to break the jinx surrounding such a myth.
Creativity, she indicated, is the oil which keeps society running, hence, it should be encouraged and supported by all.
By Nathaniel Y.Yankson