Maame is a collection of linked stories about women in a small community in Ghana. Life in the village is a constant rotation between the real and the supernatural. For girls there exists a short window between childhood and adulthood, in which they must learn to navigate a stringent code of conduct, if they are to succeed. But what is success? What makes a good mother? What happens when they have eventually had enough?
Ahu is a young woman married at fifteen and widowed with two children at eighteen. She overcomes all odds to set an example for future generations of girls, to enable them to reach out beyond the limits imposed upon them through tradition. Through her beautifully told, lyrical stories about three generations of women, in a style that reflects her subject and setting, Ahu introduces us to her community, the beliefs and customs that swallow many of her compatriots, and her own renaissance that starts in her a personal rebellion and revolution.
About the author
Elizabeth Allua Vaah hails from Bakanta, a village on the western coast of Ghana. She was the first in her family to attend high school, and one of the first few girls in her village to go to university. Maame is her first work of fiction. Allua is an advocate for better maternal health through her foundation, the Vaah Junior Foundation, and a strong advocate for girl's education, always using her own life story as an example. She works as a risk manager in a major bank and lives in Greater Toronto.
"Elizabeth Vaah's use of multilayered herstories reveals her empathy, understanding, and celebration of the lives of women in Ghana. As a cultural (auto)biographical narrative, Maame is a refreshing contribution to contemporary (auto)biographies in both Canada and Ghana. A commendable first work."
-Dannabang Kuwabong, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Author of Voices from Kibuli Country and Caribbean Blues & Love's Genealogy