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Peace Adzo Medie

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His Only Wife (2020) 446 kappaletta
Nightbloom (2023) 63 kappaletta

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University of Pittsburgh (PhD ∙ public and international affairs)
University of Ghana (BA|geography)
African Affairs
University of Bristol
University of Ghana
Kiele Raymond (Thompson Literary Agency)
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Peace Adzo Medie is a Ghanaian writer and senior lecturer in gender and international politics at the University of Bristol in England. Prior to that she was a research fellow at the University of Ghana. She has published several short stories, and her book Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in Africa was published by Oxford University Press in 2020. She is an award-winning scholar and has been awarded several fellowships. She holds a PhD in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in geography from the University of Ghana. She was born in Liberia.



This is a story about men getting away with things. Weak men who are threatened by strong women, and men who know the women will keep silent rather than risk ostracization. Men whose political power protects them. Men who abandon a wife and children under social pressure, then expect to command the children.

It is the story of women who suffer by men’s actions and inactions. Who elect silence over justice, fearful of condemnation. And of women who stand up for themselves, and the price they pay for it.

It is the story of life in Ghana, where people die in hospitals from neglect, and in America where qualified people of cover lose jobs to the novices they had mentored.

Two cousins, childhood best friends, become estranged because of family secrets. After her mother’s death and her father starts a new family, Selasi moves in with Akorfa’s family. Akorfa is expected to become a doctor and her parents pay for the best education available. Akorfa’s parents also pay for Selasi’s schooling, but when she is found with a boyfriend, her punishment is to do the work of a maid and cook. After all, her grades landed her in home ec classes.

Akorfa’s academic success takes her to America where she encounters racism and jealousy at school and in her career. Selasi becomes an entrepreneur, opening a successful restaurant in Ghana.

Each woman tells her story in the novel, first Akorfa, then Selasi, revealing new perspectives on what had happened. Decades later, the women are brought together again, discovering their shared trauma.

I received a galley from the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
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nancyadair | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 19, 2024 |
Nightbloom by Peace Adzo Medie stands like a wall in support of black women in Africa. It is a voice for all the suffering endured by African women for all these years. The storyline is focused on Akorfo and Selasi, two sisters, and their ordeal with their own families. Although I haven't read many black authors, I could never connect with their narratives. But Nightbloom came as a whirlwind in my reading passion. At first, I was fully impressed with Akorfo's character until Selasi's version came along. Her pain was a shocking revelation for me. Of all these characters, Lucy was the one that I hated the most. It forced me to ponder the situations that are forced on women just in the name of respect.

Nightbloom is a powerful blow to a male-dominated society where women are also biased. Definitely, the book will create a stir among the readers of fiction. Selasi's character is much more bold and responsible, and she sets an example for all the women out there. And if women are also not safe at home, then what can we expect from the world? The book compels and imprints itself on the reader's mind in such a way that they will not be able to forget it for a long time. Definitely, the book deserves 5 stars.
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Sucharita1986 | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 3, 2024 |
Akorfa and Selasi are cousins in Ghana. Though they are cousins, they become inseparable as sister's might be. The two are born on the same day, go to school together, but over time over time their relationship changes. Selasi becomes hostile and withdrawn, and Akorfa becomes embarrassed by her behaviour. When Selasi's mother dies during childbirth, she is abandoned by her father, and goes to live with her grandmother, and extended family. The two go their separate ways, Akorfa to the USA to university, while Selasi remains in Ghana, and makes her way through polytechnic school in Home Economics.

The story is told from both Akfora's point of view, and then from Selasi's. We discover that both have , unbeknownst to each other, suffered abuse in silence This is a touching story of race, class, parental abandonment, abuse and different cultures. I look forward to reading the author's first book, His Only Wife.
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vancouverdeb | 7 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 11, 2024 |
Afi lives in the small town of Ho in Ghana. When her mother's boss, "Aunty," proposes to Afi on her son Eli's behalf, Afi's family is elated that good fortune has come their way, but Eli doesn't even attend the wedding, and Afi doesn't see him for weeks, although she is installed in a luxurious flat in Accra. Afi longs for her husband to come so they can begin their life together, but in the meantime, she attends fashion school and dreams of setting up her own boutique. Over a couple of years, she realizes some truths about Eli's family and his other woman, and although she loves him, she insists on a divorce when she accepts that she will never be his only wife.


It wasn't easy being the key to other people's happiness, their victory, and their vindication. (4)

"Not everyone who smiles with you wishes you well." (32)

How in the world was I going to turn things around when I wasn't even being given the chance? (94)

If there was one thing I agreed with my mother on, it was that one could never be sure about a person's intentions, no matter how kind that person seemed. (107)

Everyone knows that a person is nothing without family.... (121)

This tendency of his not to allow me to be a woman, to be a wife, was troubling. (132)

"Why should I listen to you? Do you ever listen to me?" (220)

"When you dismiss my pain and suffering as unreasonable. When you refuse even for a minute to empathize with me. How would you feel if I cheated on you?" (267)

"Why can't you just admit that your brother was with a woman that none of you liked and so you tried to use me to get him to leave her....There's nothing wrong with her! She's a woman who you don't like because she does as she pleases and doesn't dance to your tune." (271)

"Afi, you are not weak....It takes strength to walk away from someone you love. You were brave to say that you didn't want to be miserable..." (276)
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JennyArch | 47 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Sep 18, 2023 |



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