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Kwasi Bosompem

This is a story about AKOSUA SOJOURNER MENSAH, an ambitious and intelligent young woman from Ghana in Africa, who takes control of her life after abuse and overcomes a tradition of neglect and gender discrimination. Akosua never had any higher education in Africa. The blame is on her father, Mr. John Mensah, who preferred Akosua to marry and be a homemaker rather than further her higher education. Akosua runs away from home and travels to Lagos City in Nigeria where she hustles and works very hard to save money to finance her college education in the United States. The story also highlights the conflicts between old traditions and the aspirations of young women in a modern society. The story highlights her desperate efforts, successes, and tragedies until she realizes her dream.

4.0 out of 5 stars A Chance Encounter on the Washington Metro, October 23, 2014

By Future/Alt-Hist Fan (Annandale, VA USA) -

This review is from: Confessions of a Neglected African Daughter (Paperback)

Another reviewer was correct in saying that this could be more accurately described as a short story (and, at 87 pages, may not really be long enough to be a novella?). The book describes the travails and ultimate success of a young Ghanaian woman who does what she believes she has to do in order to make her way through life and finance her educational pursuits, traveling from Ghana to Lagos, Nigeria, and ultimately to the USA. [I met the writer by chance on the Washington metro when he took a seat near mine. I was heading to a lecture at the Library of Congress, reading a John Lawton novel while in the subway car, and Mr Bosompen asked me how I liked the Lawton book . . . which led to a further discussion of books. I later ordered a copy of his book via Amazon.]

4.0 out of 5 stars The author does an excellent job of keeping the reader intrigued,
July 10, 2014
By Lela's Critiques -
This review is from: Confessions of a Neglected African Daughter (Paperback)

I bought this book at a local event at which I was able to meet the author. This book held my attention throughout the story. The author does an excellent job of keeping the reader intrigued. The descriptions of the African countryside and the African people were excellent and a delight to read. So good in fact, that I could almost see the land through the window of the bus. Without giving away the story, I have to say that the challenges and choices faced by the main character Akousa are unthinkable to my native born American mind. I would definitely recommend buying the book. My rating of 4 instead of 5 is due to the fact that the book is more of a short story than a novel. Although, the author does provide quite a bit of history on Akousa's family and the African countries of Ghana and Nigeria, I don't think the author adequately developed multiple characters or plots to qualify as a novel.

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Kwasi Bosompem
4415 Eagle Ct
Waldorf, MD 20603

Cost of the book by mail: $15, Add. $2.00 for postage in the USA and $5 for outside USA. Part of the proceeds of the book supports at risk young women in Africa. The book can also be read online in Amazon Kindle.