The first poetry collection by development expert, literary critique, writer and Africanist, Dr Akwasi Aidoo is out.
The anthology, which is available on Amazon, is already enjoying massive positive reviews.
According to Prof. Abena P.A. Busia, professor of literature, poet, and Ghanaian ambassador to Brazil:
“Akwasi Aidoo’s Rhythms of Dignity is a remarkable, bold first collection. There is a rich diversity in range of form, expressiveness, experience, and passion. Reading through this work is a journey through the undercurrents of experience that reflect on living through the charged realities of the ‘post-colonial’ decades of our modern African not only with an intimate Pan-African awareness of history but also with a poignant sensibility of brotherhood, sisterhood and belonging. Clearly evocative of the age the poet has lived through, these poems have both a sharp clear eye on history, and an abiding tender trust in human relationships.”
Issa Shivji, Emeritus Professor of Public Law & First Julius Nyerere Professor of Pan-African Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, wrote that:
“Akwasi Aidoo weaves together in warm and passionate verses our timeless dreams of freedom, dignity and humanity which shall neither be deferred nor deterred regardless of what they say and what their SAPs (‘sanitize African passion’!) and Davos prescribe. Enjoy the dreams of ‘life and joy’ that is the Rhythms of Dignity. Akwasi is one of Africa’s foremost poets. Akwasi, you make us proud as Africans and as a part of humanity in what you sing and what you pen. May your Rhythms continue to inspire us and light the road to freedom.”
Ayesha Harruna Attah, author of The Hundred Wells of Salaga and The Deep Blue Between, wrote:
“Expansive and personal, Aidoo’s writing carries us from intimate scenes in the doctor’s office to contemplation on the African continent’s fallen heroes. From Addis to Dakar then across the Atlantic, we travel with him through music, love, politics, the whole gamut of human relations. The poems read like a love letter and leave the reader with a strong dose of hope for the future.”
Ato Quayson, Professor of English, Stanford University, USA, wrote of the collection:
“Akwasi Aidoo’s Rhythms of Dignity is that unusual of literary artefacts that combines large scale Pan-Africanist observations with the most minute attention to everyday details. There are poems here to read in quiet and reflection, some to rage to, and yet others to call out to our next door neighbor on a Sunday morning and say: ‘Hear this!'”
For Ayisha Osori, Executive Director, OSIWA, and author of Love Does Not Win Elections:
“In this collection of poems covering Africa, meditation and memory and everything in between, we hear Akwasi Aidoo’s voice mingled with the voices of our ancestors, our past and our future, calling to us to reflect as ‘life streaming hurriedly to us’. Woven within the lyricism of the words, the poems are a political and social commentary on life that evoke Langston Hughes and reminds us of the stories we tell and are told about us. Buy it, read it and be discomfited and comforted in turn.”
Tade Akin Aina, Executive Director, Partnership for African Social and Governance Research, wrote:
“Akwasi Aidoo’s poems are ‘dances, dreams and struggles’ in verses that tread both light and heavy steps across memories, accidents and emotions twisting, swirling and twirling movements in different shapes, sizes and colour. These poems croon our histories, drum our prejudices, clap our hopes and mock in lilting tones our oppression”.
About the Author
Akwasi Aidoo is a philanthropy professional, human rights and peace advocate, and poet. He is a Senior Fellow at Humanity United, and serves on the Boards of several international organizations. In 2015, he received the Africa Philanthropy Award. Akwasi was educated in Ghana and the USA and received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Connecticut in 1985. He has taught at universities in Ghana, Tanzania and the USA.