Ayesha Harruna Attah - The Hundred Wells of Salaga — in conversation with Aminatta Forna — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf, in partnership with Young African Professionals

Upcoming Event
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Against the backdrop of Ghana at the end of the nineteenth century, Attah’s adept debut novel tells the story of two strong and very different women. Aminah quickly loses her dreamy temperament when she’s kidnapped into slavery at age fifteen. The harrowing journey from her village to the market town of Salaga brings her into contact with Wurche, the independent-minded daughter of a lesser chief of Kpembe. Forced to marry to fulfill her father’s plans of consolidating power, Wurche is skeptical of both slavery and traditional female roles, even as she can’t escape either. Drawing on actual events from her own family, Attah, who grew up in Accra and whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Asymptote Magazine, and the 2010 Caine Prize Writers' Anthology, vividly evokes life during the colonial scramble for Africa. This event is presented in partnership with Young African Professionals D.C.


Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Wharf
Fiction & Poetry
The Hundred Wells of Salaga: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590519950
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Published: Other Press - February 5th, 2019

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