Book Review: Ghana Must Go

I picked this book in the library because of the cover. Very cute beach and something about this book had a vibe that attracted me, I dont know why 😀 Oh and there is the word « Ghana » there!


Kweku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside his home in suburban Accra. The news of Kweku’s death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Ghana Must Go is their story. Electric, exhilarating, beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go is a testament to the transformative power of unconditional love, from a debut novelist of extraordinary talent.  

Moving with great elegance through time and place, Ghana Must Go charts the Sais’ circuitous journey to one another. In the wake of Kweku’s death, his children gather in Ghana at their enigmatic mother’s new home. The eldest son and his wife; the mysterious, beautiful twins; the baby sister, now a young woman: each carries secrets of his own. What is revealed in their coming together is the story of how they came apart: the hearts broken, the lies told, the crimes committed in the name of love. Splintered, alone, each navigates his pain, believing that what has been lost can never be recovered—until, in Ghana, a new way forward, a new family, begins to emerge.

My opinion:

Its one of those books that you have a complicated relationship with.

After the 65 first pages, I put the book down and started another one. Then I gave it another shot and it got interesting after page 105. Basically, you gotta give it a shot and hold on to it through the difficult first pages. I checked online reviews and it was a common occurrence for so many readers.

« Ghana must go » is a mix between a novel and a poem. The writing style is lyrical, really good, simple yet very fluid. Its easy to go from a character mind and life to another without losing the story. We easily relate to their own personal point of vue on life and on the main event of the book, the death of their father/husband and the struggle of this splitted family.

The book covers heavy subjects such as immigration, grief, forgiveness, abuse, abandon… The author discussed them perfectly without falling into the stereotype trap. The subject structure is brilliant and the plot is cleverly written. For a young author and a debut novel, the author did really well. I loved the way she presented the dialogues, the descriptions, the timeline. Multiple scenes were so well described that you felt like you were watching a documentary.

It sucks that she fucked up the prequel to the story (the first pages described the father’s life and his death) 😀

Taiye Selasi Quotes. QuotesGram

I feel like « Ghana must go » is a proof that telling the truth helps heal the wounds. Each character have their own life trauma that was directly(or indirectly) caused by this brilliant father leaving the family. There are various narrators and they have their own personal style of storytelling. They are immigrants from the class in between, with successful careers yet they « are » below their peers. Its a family physically disconnected yet very connected. Throughout the book, we learn about their individual story, failure and wins. It sucks that there is a limited view and information on the Ghanaian culture and Nigerian as well (as a part of the story concern Nigeria).

The book stays with you after finishing it, that’s a testament of how good it was. I kept on praying for them when I finished the book 😀 I’ll read another book of this author just to get a good opinion.

« Ghana must go » is a tragic yet poetic book about the African diaspora worldwide and children of immigration. It is missing many review and editing work but its a beautiful book to read.

PS: Ghana must go is the name of a bag that we use as well in Morocco 😀

Nigeria calls this bag 'Ghana Must Go', see what America, Germany and  Guyana call it — Nsɛm Wɔ Krom •Com