Once Upon a Time in Ghana – Traditional Ewe stories Retold in English
Imagine trekking across field after field under an intense African sun following a group of total strangers and hoping against hope that the batteries in your old fashioned recording machine won’t fail you.
For Anna Cottrell, every experience of meeting and recording the Ewe storytellers of Ghana has been unique, even though she has often understood little of what they said in their own language, also called Ewe. Now, for the first time, these traditional stories have been retold in English.
The two and a half hours spent with 84 year old Mr Nutsugah were awe-inspiring as, without pausing, he told one story after another, quite oblivious to the clatter of a bucket and slopping of a rag as a girl started to clean, only feet away from the microphone. A day recording the tales of fishermen in Anyako was animated by goats jumping up to eat bananas from the table and in Have the stories began with a wonderful and unexpected musical reception and ended with a gift of bananas, coconuts and avocados.
Money raised from sales of the book goes back into the communities of the storytellers, as projects are identified that help to raise their standards of living. This book is therefore the expression of so much, of long tradition, of beliefs, of faith
in the past and of hope for the future.
About the Author:
Having followed a conventional path through grammar school, university, marriage, motherhood and teaching French, retirement has allowed Anna Cottrell to realise the dream of her childhood. Her earliest ‘friends’ were in household photos of children in Africa. Now she has the opportunity to meet these smiling faces in their own communities.
PUBLISHED 1 SEPTEMBER 2007
ISBN 978-1-906221-58-4 £6.99 RRP
216 PP 197 x 127 mm portrait Softback
Readership: Traditional Fiction, Africa
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