Experience Africa’s ‘Sunshine Land’ in David Wedd's Memoir

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Former British Army officer publishes book about Ghana’s independence from colonial rule.

The Sunshine Land

Many books, films, and TV documentaries suggest British rule in its colonies was unfeeling and even brutal. Our part of it certainly wasn’t.

“The Sunshine Land” (published by AuthorHouse) is David Wedd’s vibrant memoir of his time in the Gold Coast of West Africa, which became the independent nation of Ghana in 1957 when it peacefully transitioned away from the British Empire.

Wedd, writing in the first person, offers readers a stunningly detailed look at the emergence of Ghana – the first “black” African nation to gain its independence. Brimming with anecdotes depicting sweeping change as well as the minutiae of everyday life, “The Sunshine Land” will appeal to anyone interested in travel, politics, history, cultural studies, anthropology, and of course, Africa and its development.

Over the past two decades, Ghana, which held a closely watched presidential election on December 7, 2012 – its fifth since 1992 – has become Africa’s beacon of democracy, making Wedd’s memoir a timely reminder of how the country ascended to its leading role on the world stage at a time when other African nations are in turmoil.

Wedd was 19 when he was sent to the Gold Coast in 1956 along with other British Army officers to assist the colony’s leadership in the run-up to independence in March 1957. He kept immaculate written and photographic records of his experiences exploring the new nation and getting to know its culture and people. He also visited locales such as French Sudan (modern-day Mali), the Sahara Desert, and Timbuktu. He met with political luminaries including the Duchess of Kent – the Queen’s representative at the time – and Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first prime minister.

In March 2007, Wedd was invited back to Ghana for festivities marking the 50th anniversary of independence. He says one of his goals in writing “The Sunshine Land” was to dispel myths and generalizations about colonial governance.

“Many books, films, and TV documentaries suggest British rule in its colonies was unfeeling and even brutal,” he says. “Our part of it certainly wasn’t.”

The Sunshine Land: Ghana Fifty: Memories of Independence, 1957
By: David Wedd
ISBN: 9781425980306
292 pages
Paperback: $15.49
Available at AuthorHouse, Amazon and Barnes and Noble

About the Author:
After a long and successful teaching career, David Wedd now lives in the beautiful and friendly island of Alderney, only eight miles from the French coast. A keen photographer and a well-known entomologist, he takes pleasure in the spectacular scenery and varied wildlife of his Channel Island home.


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