Born in a Second Language
Author: Akosua Afriiyie-Hwedie
Publisher: Button Poetry (2021)
Born in a Second Language investigates how translation shapes and alters both language and identity as speakers travel through space and time.
In this book, languages are a means of conjuring an existence, of full expression and of defining who one becomes. Home exists on a spectrum: Botswana, Zambia, Ghana, one’s body, music, mother, mother tongue etc.
Akosua Zimba Afiriyie-Hwedie’s book is an exploration of African and female identity, navigating what it means to be in-between identities, languages and homes and how those in-between spaces brush up against each other, and are in themselves, a home too.