Today, I am interviewing Pete KJ, author of the novel, Black Volta. This book, based in Ghana, with its well-developed characters and a rich story has impressed me so much that I could not help but interview Pete and ask him some pertinent questions.
Proverbs are pearls of wisdom about life handed to us by our elders. They hold generations of wisdom within them, waiting for us to imbibe their meanings. Proverbs are mostly specific to a culture, but their meanings can be universally understood.
A few days back, I had the pleasure to read a book,Black Volta by Pete KJ, which is based in Ghana. The richly woven story with its exceptionally well-developed cast of characters and vivid descriptions of Ghana left a deep impression on me.
Moreover, the author, Pete KJ, has occasionally used Ghanaian proverbs in the novel. This piqued my curiosity and prompted me to learn more about them.
We are all familiar with the English proverbs. Now, let’s have a look at some Ghanaian proverbs.
Presented below are some of the Ghanaian proverbs that resonated with me. Many of these proverbs are specific to Akan, a southern group of Ghana.
After living a luxurious life with a beautiful wife and raising two sons, Carlos now feels empty. Recently divorced and without a job, he does not know what future holds for him, but his past torments him. He cannot forget the crime(s) he committed one fateful day decades ago in Ghana.
Liz left Ghana in search of greener pastures and is presently a successful career woman in the USA. She escaped abject poverty, but is she free? No. She is trapped in a vicious cycle of supporting her needy siblings and “remains under the vice-grip power of her hoarding mother.”
The paths of Carlos and Liz cross in spectacular, unimaginable ways, and each is drawn back to the Black Volta River of Ghana, which is witness to the most dreadful day of both their lives. Can the River provide them salvation? Read Black Volta by Pete KJ to find out.