Review: The Watchman’s Daughter and Other Stories from Ghana by Rukaya Ibrahim

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Title:    The Watchman’s Daughter and Other Stories from Ghana
Author: Rukiya Ibrahim
Genre:  Fiction – Short stories
Edition: Kindle
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Pages:    116
Publication date: August, 2013
Reasons for reading: Received this book as a gift from the author for a candid review.
 
 

Blurb

The Watchman's Daughter and Other Stories from Ghana, West-Africa by Rukaya IbrahimThe Watchman’s Daughter and other stories from Ghana, West-Africa is a collection of stories about modern Ghana;the place, the people and culture. The stories, though fictional, could very well be real. They cover all themes of life in Ghana and offer the outsider an unbiased view and understanding of contemporary Ghanaian life. The book covers such issues as Family, Education, Corruption, Politics, Crime, Health in entertaining, reflective and thought-provoking stories with realistic characters and settings.

My Thoughts

Actually the blurb says it all. 15 uniquely written stories from Ghana that made me at once identify and empathize with the characters. Real characters that reflect the unpredictability and caprices of life. The stories are well written, moving, engaging, funny, silly, deep and give the reader much room for reflection. One moment I was laughing; another moment saw me yelling in anger and yet another saw me trying in vain to stop the tears. And I did ask myself a series of questions about the meaning of life and the decisions we make. Long after I put the anthology down, I couldn’t shake off the impact it had on me.

The setting of the stories is placed within various locations within the country and without. I was startled to notice authentic descriptions of scenes and settings and of places that I am familiar with. Just like the blurb indicated, non-Ghanaians reading this collection would love the authentic Ghanaian feel of the different plots.

I must say that the author Rukaya Ibrahim is relatively new to me; but I was impressed with her writing. She’s good. The only snag is that the collection has no content page. I don’t know if that is a style or an omission! :-)

I recommend the The Watchman’s Daughter and Other Stories from Ghana, to all my followers who would love to know more about Ghana :-) For a copy of the collection please visit here.

About the author

Rukaya Ibrahim is a Ghanaian born writer and physician. She has been writing since she was in her teens. Her short stories have been published in The Mirror, Ghana’s most prestigious national weekly newspaper. The title story, “The Watchman’s Daughter” was published in Crossing Borders Magazine Issue Eleven. She aims to share realistic, thought-provoking, entertaining, stories about contemporary Africa.

Carpe Diem: Revise That Haiku – Mirage

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Done for Carpe Diem. We are to revise Shiki’s The Snow Has Melted in the same spirit. Well since there’s no snow in my country, I’d better give my revision an African touch! :-)

the snow has melted
on one shoulder
of the Great Buddha

Mirage

on coconut leaf

the sizzling sun shimmers

forming a mirage

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 
(16/04/14)

I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom.

Bastet’s Shadorma Photo Prompt #3: Echoes

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Done for Mindmiserymenagerie, BastetsShardorma photo prompt. This is a difficult one for me!

Veranda : © g.s.koch

Veranda : © g.s.koch

Echoes

searing eyes

laser sharp, ancient

blazing a

tortuous path

across mountains and oceans

echoes of history

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(14/04/14)
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom

Haiku My Heart: Raindrops

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Done for Recuerda Mi Corazon and also for Carpe Diem prompt, Raindrops. Easter approaches; the rains are letting on over here and these haiku are in honour!

Raindrops

edge of skies

raindrops fall as tears

  Easter prelude

2

raindrops

ticking off the days

to Easter

3

concerto

of raindrops, singing

Hosanna

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(11/04/14)
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom

 

Heeding Haiku With HA: Peace

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Done for Mindlovemisery’s MenagerieHeeding Haiku with HA

Peace

enjoying

the breeze with a book

that’s my peace

2

kids’ laughter

ringing, instead of

deadly drones

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 
(09/04/14)
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom

Carpe Diem Haiku: Ese’s Sensuality

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Carpe Diem Prompt from Ese, as a Ghost Writer.

Sensual

by the hearth

a warm breeze sways

her loin cloth

2

I crave this

feathery touch of tongues

all night long

Copyright © Celestine Nudanu 
(08/04/14)
I appreciate your patience with me as I catch up on your blogs. Thanks a million! Shalom
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