Accra Noir (Akashic Noir)

December 1, 2020
Accra Noir (Akashic Noir)

Accra joins Lagos, Nairobi, Marrakech, and Addis Ababain representing the African continent in the Noir Seriesarena.Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of originalnoir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each bookcomprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhoodor location within the respective city.From the introduction by Nana-Ama Danquah:Accra is one of the most well-known cities on the Africancontinent. It’s the capital of Ghana, which in 1957 became thefirst sub-Saharan (read: black) nation to gain its independencefrom colonialism. But the city, in all its globalism, predates thenation. Prior to becoming a sovereign land, the area now known asGhana was the Gold Coast colony. In 1877, when the British tookpossession of the colony, Accra was installed as its capital. Fornearly a century, in addition to being a political and financialcenter, the city was a major trade hub. People came from Europe andother African nations to trade everything from gold and salt toguns and slaves...One thing that people, too easily seduced by the city’s charmand history and beauty, forget about Accra is that it is a majormetropolis. Accra is New York; it is Los Angeles; it is Shanghai,Mexico City, Santiago, Caracas, and Cape Town. It is an urban area,with poverty, desperation, and the inevitable result of a marriagebetween the two: crime...The stories that you will read in this collection highlight allthings Accra, everything that the city was and is—the remainingvestiges of colonialism, the pride of independence, the nexus ofindigenous tribes and other groups from all over the world, thetension between modernity and traditionalism, the symbolism andstorytelling both obvious and coded, the moral high ground, theduplicity and deceit, the most basic human failings laid barealongside fear and love and pain and the corrupting desire to havethe very things you are not meant to have.