VC reading group reviews the Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah

The Vice-Chancellor & Principal Prof Tshilidzi Marwala at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), hosted a gathering of his online book club on Friday, 19 June 2020 and delved into the life of a nameless man who struggles to reconcile himself with the reality of post-independence Ghana. The unnamed protagonist, referred to as “the man”, works at a railway station and is approached with a bribe; when he refuses, his wife is furious and he can’t help feeling guilty despite his innocence. The action takes place between 1965’s Passion Week and 25 February 1966 – the day after the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president.





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