In this blistering novel delivered with a power of writing reminiscent of Kojo Laing, Nana Achampong dares us with a bold, refreshing, irreverent telling of what is really an intricately woven tale. A very intricately woven tale, very cleverly crafted. “And as for the humour, it is rib-cracking.” And yet this story is ultimately a mind-bender with a philosophical sting: the role of fate in life.
Set in Accra, and Ghana, and Naija too, Achampong in One Stone, One Bride and A Zombie has created a galaxy of incredibly named yet real-to-life characters that he freely abuses one after the other, like a god or devil. Two-two girls and men with metal teeth! Men perishing with an unsmothered erections! Police officers shooting criminals in the balls! The secret lives of Korle-Bu doctors! A reporter with the scoop of the century! Proper vodou! Proper zombie! Weed! Lesbians! Orgies! My God!
Against the background of a cynical presentation of the uncertain political times, we trace the tragic lives of the individual characters and the explosions that occur when they get thrown together – from the Blue Lagoon to the Kwei family house in Jamestown. We follow their struggles in this story that presents 1990’s Accra in a solid, navigable reality. We live with them in this narrative so honest that I lost myself by immersion… And the tension! Slowly but surely, Achampong turns up the heat until the tension is white hot, begging for release…
But what can I say: just like that, Achampong has made naked an aspect of Ghanaian society and shown us what’s really going on down below. Audacious, unpredictable, crazy crazy, this impossible story is one hell of a fun read. And utterly abominable, really. Make you read some.
Martin Egblewogbe, Author, The Waiting