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Monday, November 11, 2013

Celebrating Ghanaian Writers- Meri Nana-Ama Danquah

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 United States.  
Meri Nana-Ama Danquah

Danquah, 46, immigrated to the United 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 and here is link to a presentation she gave in 2003 about her journey with depression:

And here, of course, is a link to Kinna Reads:

Discover Ghana through its great writers !


  1. I'm finally making the rounds. Thanks Octavia for participating in Ghanaian Literature Week and for posting on Meri Nana Ama Danquah. She writes a weekly column for The Daily Graphic, one of our national newspapers, so I'm able to follow and read her stuff. She is a wonderful essayist.

    Again, thank you!