Blackwood’s remarkable story, articulated in Into Africa: a personal journey, told about her first journey to West Africa, land of her ancestors. She traveled alone and her exposure to Nigeria’s tight military control caused her to experience fear as never before. In Ghana, destiny led her to meet Adamson, who became her guide, doctor and more….The story left you breathless, wanting more.
Into Africa: the Return describes Blackwood’s second journey to West Africa. This time she is accompanied by two American cousins – Peabody, and her daughter, Marie. After 40 years, Cousin Peabody reunites with Afua, her Ashanti friend. Afua’s brother dies the day before the three cousins arrive in Ghana and plans go awry. Peabody realizes that her previous refusal to visit Africa was unwarranted.
In Ghana, Blackwood meets her protégée Frieda and the dashing Pastor Ray for the first time. Frieda must overcome her bashfulness and try to warm up to her sponsor. A plan to visit Mali is shelved and Togo substituted. But is it safe to travel there without a native? Pastor Ray volunteers to accompany them – a blessing in disguise.
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About the Author
Yvonne Blackwood is an author, columnist and speaker. Published books include: the very successful Into Africa a Personal Journey. It ranked in the top five best-selling books under Ghana on the Amazon.com web site in 2002; the hilarious Will That Be Cash or Cuffs? set in a supermarket chain, and Into Africa: The Return. Yvonne has published several short stories and won the millennium short story contest held by the Canadian Authors Association, Toronto Branch, in 2000. The story, Best Friends, is published in an anthology titled In all Directions. She is a contributor to the fabulous anthology Canadian Voices. Yvonne has written numerous articles for several newspapers including Canada's largest newspaper, the Toronto Star. Besides being an accomplished writer, Yvonne is a retired career banker and a world traveler.