ISBN 9789966460721
Pages 180
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 1969
Publisher East African Educational Publishers, Kenya
Format Paperback

Wema Hawajazaliwa

by Ayi Kwei Armah

Hadithi ya WEMA HAWAJAZALIWA inazungumzia juu ya rushwa. Mhusika mkuu ni mtu mwaminifu anayekataa kabisa vishawishi vya kila aina ya rushwa, lakini uaminifu wake haumletei jema lolote kwani anadharauliwa na kubezwa na kila mtu, hata wale wapenzi wake. Imeeleza kwa ujasiri mkubwa, ujasiri usiokua na huruma yoyote kwa wajinga na wale ambao udhaifu wao huwafanya wayang’ang’anie madaraka.

The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born is a novel by Ghanaian writer Ayi Kwei Armah. It was published in English in 1968 and here in Swahili. The book tells the story 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 novel expresses the frustration many citizens of the newly-independent states in Africa felt after attaining political independence. Many African states like Ghana followed similar paths in which corruption and the greed of African elites became rampant. Corruption in turn filtered down to the rest of society and the 'rot' that characterized post-independent Ghana in the last years of Nkrumah is a dominant theme in the book.

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About the Author

Ayi Kwei Armah

Ghanaian novelist and poet, known for his visionary symbolism, poetic energy, and the extremely high moral integrity of his political vision. Armah's first three novels were hailed as modernistic prose, while his next two challenged the Euro-centric notions of history. Armah has lived and worked in the different cultural zones of Africa. Much of Armah's earlier work deals with the betrayed ideals of Ghanaian nationalism and Nkrumahist socialism.

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