If there is one word I could use to describe my friend Nana Awere Damoah, it would be ‘determined.’ Nana just doesn’t stop. He is one of the most determined, dedicated, and hardworking writers out there. It’s amazing that Nana is actually an engineer and works full-time for Unilever. Honestly, sometimes it feels like Nana is a full-time author. He’s incredibly focused, and that is evident with the publication of his second book in two years. I haven’t read through the Gates of Thought yet – my copy isn’t here but I’d still like to give Nana massive shout-out for the work he continues to do. Nana Awere Damoah is on a roller coaster ride. If you haven’t read any of his works, you can purchase both books from a variety of places such as Amazon and Silverbird. I’d also encourage anyone in Ghana to attend the launch of THROUGH THE GATES OF THOUGHT. I wish I could make it!
Once again, Nana Awere Damoah has a splendid achievement to his name, in this his second book of stories, articles, aphorisms and poetry. His style is graphic, entertaining and indisputably Ghanaian. Whether he is lauding the efforts of his countrymen, exhorting everyone to thoughtfulness and faith, deploring the politicisation of local issues, or making astute comments on his school days, he is frank and ‘in your face’.
Seriously funny, amusingly instructive and liberally Christian, Damoah offers insights from many sources and hope for the future for his pioneering home land. He has, like some clever spider in folklore, spun a glittering web of words in our path, trapping many tasty ideas. These we can consume at our leisure, through the gates of thought.
Book launch details
Venue: Conference Hall, Accra
Date: 5th November, 2010
Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM
About the author
Nana Awere Damoah was born in Accra, Ghana. He holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham, UK, a first degree in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, and spent all his Secondary school years at Ghana National College, Cape Coast, Ghana. He speaks fondly of growing up in Kotobabi, and studying at the local Providence Preparatory School.
A British Council Chevening alumnus, Nana works in Ghana. Nana is an associate of Joyful Way Incorporated, a Christian Music ministry in Ghana, and was its National President from 2002 to 2004.
Nana started writing seriously in 1993 when he was in the sixth form and has had a number of his short stories published in the Mirror and the Spectator. In 1997, he won the first prize in the Step Magazine National Story Writing Competition. In KNUST, he was part of the Literary Wing of the Inter-hall Christian Fellowship, where he acted and wrote poems. His poems were published in magazines on the KNUST campus. He is a contributing author to the online ezine StoryTime (www.publishyourstory.blogspot.com), which is dedicated to authentic African fiction.
His first book Excursions in my Mind, also published by Athena press, was released in 2008.
He is married to Vivian. The couple and their sons, Nana Kwame Bassanyin and Nana Yaw Appiah, and daughter Maame Esi Akoah, are based in Tema, Ghana.