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An African Treasure, In Search of Gladys Casely-Hayford

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An African Treasure; Gladys Casely-Hayford, 1904 - 1950

"A Cultural Luminary of Her Day"


lucilda hunterAuthor, Yema Lucilda Hunter (photographed left) was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa and now lives in Ghana, West Africa. Her novels include, Road to Freedom, Bittersweet and Redemption Song. Her new book is a biography, " An African Treasure, in Search of Gladys Casely-Hayford, 1904 - 1950."


gladys casely hayford as a young girl Born in Ghana (previously named the Gold Coast, West Africa before independence), Gladys Casely-Hayford was a West African writer, poet, musician, dramatist, painter and story-teller. She was the daughter of the
"visionary Pan Africanist and African nationhood leader " , J.E. Casely-Hayford and " African Victorian feminist ", Adelaide Smith Casely-Hayford. Gladys has been described as, " a cultural luminary of her day ", and as " outstanding among Creole literati ".


book cover gladys casely hayford biography In the United States of America, there has been a resurgence of interest in the creative writing of Gladys Casely-Hayford. Her published work has appeared in recent anthologies. Some readers believe she was part of the great cannon of African-American women writers. However, she spent most of her life in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Yema Lucilda says, "her place in the cultural history of Sierra Leone and Ghana seems to have been lost. This book is an attempt to remedy that situation as well as tell her life story."

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