A remarkable and intriguing story about a journey to West Africa, the land of Blackwood’s ancestors. Into Africa, a Personal Journey begins in Nigeria with exposure to the tight control by the military that causes Blackwood to experience fear as never before. The journey takes her on an exploration of a new mysterious world where she experiences joy and wonderment as she shares in the lives of family members, friends and new acquaintances.
In Ghana, her respect for human beings, and her sense of adventure along with destiny, lead her to meet Adamson. Determined to see it all, she finds herself in desperate situations, each mysteriously resolved by strangers. Peppered with nostalgic flashbacks to her native Jamaica, and colourful descriptions of West Africa, the memoir resonates with unique poignancy, a love of people, and Blackwood’s growing spiritual quest for her African roots among the proud Ashanti people. Down to earth, vulnerable yet fearless, Blackwood shares with us a small part of her life as it unfolds.
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About the Author
Yvonne Blackwood is the author of three adult books―Into Africa a Personal Journey, Will That Be Cash or Cuffs? and Into Africa, the Return. Her children’s books include Nosey Charlie Comes To Town, Nosey Charlie Goes To Court, and Nosey Charlie Chokes on a Wiener! She is an award-winning short story writer, columnist, and retired banker. In addition, Yvonne has contributed to several anthologies including Human Kindness, Canadian Voices, and WordScape. She has published articles in More Our Canada, Green Prints, and InTouch magazines and has written numerous articles for several newspapers including the Toronto Star.