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AUTHOR: CAMERON DUODU

The Day The Sun Refused To Shine

The Day The Sun Refused To Shine

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When I was ten years old, we heard rumours in my school that on a day in the coming May there would be ld ...


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Joy News reports that Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has told an Easter crowd in Kwahu that if he is elected as President, his adm ...

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If you have read Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, you may remember that Julius Caesar was warned by a soothsayer to ...

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Last Sunday, the BBC rsquo;s Radio 4 broadcast one of its quaint programmes about something only a few people had ever h ...

Mar 23, 2024 | Feature Article

One Hot afternoon in the 1980s, I was making the rounds of popular places in Accra, trying (as was often the case in tho ...

Mar 19, 2024 | Feature Article

My grandchild 39;s question to me --posed at the end of the first part of this article ndash; was one of those tim ...

Mar 13, 2024 | Feature Article

A former employer of mine, Jim Bailey, proprietor of DRUM (Ghana edition) the magazine I was privileged to edit f ...

Mar 6, 2024 | Feature Article

When I stood at the New Polo Ground in Accra as midnight struck on 5 March 1957, I was there as a junior reporter. A ...

Mar 3, 2024 | Feature Article

i was flipping through the channels of the TV when i came across some horrifying pictures on Al Jazeera TV. The news rea ...

Feb 29, 2024 | Feature Article

While watching the exciting football match Between the two English Premier League teams, Chelsea and Liverpool, on Sunda ...

Feb 29, 2024 | Feature Article

While watching the exciting football match Between the two English Premier League teams, Chelsea and Liverpool, on Sunda ...

Feb 25, 2024 | Feature Article

The story so far hellip; ldquo;My friend and I had been 39;competing 39; with each other in telling exciting storie ...

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K2 ndash; Koo, I must admit that story you told of the guy who was brought to your house by a girl you were chasing, an ...

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It is a good 63 years since the UN Secretary-Gen shy;eral, Mr Dag Hammar shy;skjold, was killed in a plane crash near Nd ...

Feb 10, 2024 | Feature Article

K1 ndash; Koo, I heard a story the other day hellip;. K2- When did you ever NOT hear a story? ndash; Oh sh ...

Feb 3, 2024 | Feature Article

IT is unbelievable, isn rsquo;t it, that countries like Israel and Russia, which spend millions of dollars each year, se ...

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Someone who had heard the news that the British Museum and the Victoria Museum (both in London) had agreed to send b ...

Cameron Duodu
Cameron Duodu

Martin Cameron Duodu is a United Kingdom-based Ghanaian novelist, journalist, editor and broadcaster. After publishing a novel, The Gab Boys, in 1967, Duodu went on to a career as a journalist and editorialist.. More Martin Cameron Duodu (born 24 May 1937) is a United Kingdom-based Ghanaian novelist, journalist, editor and broadcaster. After publishing a novel, The Gab Boys, in 1967, Duodu went on to a career as a journalist and editorialist.

Education
Duodu was born in Asiakwa in eastern Ghana and educated at Kyebi Government Senior School and the Rapid Results College, London , through which he took his O-Level and A-Level examinations by correspondence course . He began writing while still at school, the first story he ever wrote ("Tough Guy In Town") being broadcast on the radio programme The Singing Net and subsequently included in Voices of Ghana , a 1958 anthology edited by Henry Swanzy that was "the first Ghanaian literary anthology of poems, stories, plays and essays".

Early career
Duodu was a student teacher in 1954, and worked on a general magazine called New Nation in Ghana, before going on to become a radio journalist for the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation from 1956 to 1960, becoming editor of radio news <8> (moonlighting by contributing short stories and poetry to The Singing Net and plays to the programme Ghana Theatre). <9> From 1960 to 1965 he was editor of the Ghana edition of the South African magazine Drum , <10> and in 1970 edited the Daily Graphic , <3> the biggest-selling newspaper in Ghana.< citation needed >

The Gab Boys (1967) and creative writing
In 1967, Duodu's novel The Gab Boys was published in London by André Deutsch . The "gab boys" of the title – so called because of their gabardine trousers – are the sharply dressed youths who hang about the village and are considered delinquent by their elders. The novel is the story of the adventures of one of them, who runs away from village life, eventually finding a new life in the Ghana capital of Accra . According to one recent critic, "Duodu simultaneously represents two currents in West African literature of the time, on the one hand the exploration of cultural conflict and political corruption in post-colonial African society associated with novelists and playwrights such as Chinua Achebe and Ama Ata Aidoo , and on the other hand the optimistic affirmation of African cultural strengths found in poets of the time such as David Diop and Frank Kobina Parkes . These themes come together in a very compassionate discussion of the way that individual people, rich and poor, are pushed to compromise themselves as they try to navigate a near-chaotic transitional society."

In June 2010 Duodu was a participant in the symposium Empire and Me: Personal Recollections of Imperialism in Reality and Imagination, held at Cumberland Lodge , alongside other speakers who included Diran Adebayo , Jake Arnott , Margaret Busby , Meira Chand , Michelle de Kretser , Nuruddin Farah , Jack Mapanje , Susheila Nasta , Jacob Ross , Marina Warner , and others.

Duodu also writes plays and poetry. His work was included in the anthology Messages: Poems from Ghana ( Heinemann Educational Books , 1970).

Other activities and journalism
Having worked as a correspondent for various publications in the decades since the 1960s, including The Observer , The Financial Times , The Sunday Times , United Press International , Reuters , De Volkskrant ( Amsterdam ), and The Economist , Duodu has been based in Britain as a freelance journalist since the 1980s. He has had stints with the magazines South and Index on Censorship , and has written regularly for outlets such as The Independent and The Guardian .

He is the author of the blog "Under the Neem Tree" in New African magazine (London), and has also published regular columns in The Mail and Guardian ( Johannesburg ) and City Press (Johannesburg), as well as writing a weekly column for the Ghanaian Times (Accra) for many years.< citation needed >

Duodu has appeared frequently as a contributor on BBC World TV and BBC World Service radio news programmes discussing African politics, economy and culture.

He contributed to the 2014 volume Essays in Honour of Wole Soyinka at 80, edited by Ivor Agyeman-Duah and Ogochukwu Promise.