Kinna Reads, one of my all-time favorite literary blogs, is celebrating Ghanaian literature this week. I wanted to add to this digital fête by highlighting Meri Nana-Ama Danquah, a Ghanaian-American writer. As a mother of an Ivoirian-American daughter, I am particularly interested in the voices of first-generation immigrant African women to the
|Meri Nana-Ama Danquah|
Danquah, 46, immigrated to the
States from Ghana when she was
six-years-old. She offers a unique and
compelling perspective. She is the editor
of several anthologies including Becoming American: Personal Essays by First
Generation Immigrant Women and Shaking the Tree; A Collection of New
Fiction and Memoir by Black Women. Perhaps her most seminal work is Willow
Weep for Me; A Black Woman’s Journey Through Depression which chronicles
her clinical depression within the context of being a woman of color with a health challenge
historically not associated with Black women.
Here is link to learn more about Danquah and her work http://aalbc.com/authors/meri_danquah.html and here is link to a presentation she gave in 2003 about her journey with depression: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AelCishP3PI
And here, of course, is a link to Kinna Reads: http://kinnareads.wordpress.com/
through its great writers !