By Kodjo Adams, GNA
Accra, Sept 26, GNA – Madam Ayesha Harruna
Atta, the Author of “Hundred Well of Salaga” has encouraged the public to
develop the habit of reading, because it is one of the best ways of getting
informed and educated about situations and events, which one could never had
She said reading also helps to open the mind
and make an individual intelligent.
She gave the advice at an interaction session
with the public dubbed: “Meet and Greet”, at the Ama Ata Aidoo Centre of
Creative Writing, located within the African University College of
Communications in Accra.
The Author challenged parents to encourage
their wards to read books from infancy, to instil in them, positive attitudes,
for a better life in future.
She encouraged the public to inculcate the
habit of reading African novels to improve their knowledge and understanding of
currents issues that affect developing countries and Africa in particular.
Speaking about her book titled “Hundred Well
of Salaga”, she said “the book presented, not only a fresh perspective on the
transatlantic human trade, but a nuanced exploration of the human heart, and
asserted the need to keep pressing toward freedom, whatever the constraint or
twist until we die”.
Speaking about her inspiration for writing the
book, the Author said some years ago, she learnt that her great-great
grandmother had been enslaved and ended up in the Salaga slave market and
attempts to find out more about her led to obstacles.
She said people either did not know much about
her or they didn’t want to talk and “writing the book was a chance for her to
finally speak through me.”
Madam Ayesha said the book focused on a period
right before the wars in Salaga in 1892 until the downfall of Salaga to German
forces in 1897.
She said it was a dramatic era because not
only were different families vying for the throne of Salaga, but also because
the Europeans were making their way into the zone, following the Berlin
Conference of 1884 to 1885.
Ayesha Haruna Atta’s book is the third edition
of her piece. She is the daughter of Alhaji Rahman Harruna Atta, a Veteran