Author David Wedd takes readers on an extraordinary journey back in time to witness the birth of an independent African nation in his captivating new book, "The Sunshine Land: Ghana at Fifty: Memories of Independence, 1957."
In this vivid and engaging account, Wedd, a former young army officer, provides a first-hand perspective on the historic transition of the Gold Coast into Ghana, marking the first black African colony to gain independence from British rule. The book offers an exciting, funny, and poignant portrayal of this monumental change from the unique vantage point of someone "on the inside."
Readers will be introduced to a rich tapestry of characters, including European and African soldiers in Wedd's Battalion, traders, market women, religious leaders, and even witch doctors. He brings to life sportsmen, teachers, musicians, and political leaders, including Ghana's first Prime Minister, Kwame Nkrumah.
The narrative takes an exciting twist as Wedd shares his experiences as an intelligence officer in the nascent nation. He embarks on an enthralling journey through the rainforest, painting a lush picture of exotic scenery and wildlife. Wedd's adventures continue as he travels north, venturing through Burkina Faso and Mali, finally reaching the Sahara Desert and the ancient town of Timbuktu.
Throughout the pages of "The Sunshine Land," Wedd's deep affection for West Africa shines through. He portrays the region's diverse landscapes and, above all, its vibrant people, who played an integral role in shaping the destiny of a nation.