Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi is a tale written in three parts following the lives of the Sai family. The story starts with the pivotal moment which is the death of Kweku Sai, the father.
Beginning with his heart attack, we follow Kweku in his dying moments as his life literally flashes before his eyes and he retrospectively goes over his growing up, his marriage and divorce to Nigerian wife Fola, their four children and his relationships with each of them.
As a Ghanaian man with a Nigerian wife, raising children in America, Ghana Must Go explores the everyday clashes and beauties of growing up in a multicultural environment.
Through the passing of Kweku, Ghana Must Go also delves into the minds of his children and their mother, as they consider the dynamics of their dispersed family, their relationships and issues with one another as they come together to mourn the loss of one of their own.
It follows each of the Sai family, how they have progressed in life and the ways in which they have each grown into their own person. However, it is not full of happiness as each family member faces their own emotional traumas which happens to affect their relationships with those around them.
As a half Ghanaian, half Nigerian who grew up in England and America, it is not hard to wonder if author Taiye is woven into each of the personalities of each of the Sai children. They all struggle with the death of a father they were not very close to, and are forced to re-evaluate how they relate to one another, their own personalities, and their place within the Sai family.
Whilst the basis of Ghana Must Go is the story of an African family living in the western world, it is not an Afrocentric story and this fact only serves as a backdrop to the story. With divorce, the split of a family, disputing siblings and death among some of the issues that crop up in this story, Ghana Must Go takes the reader on an emotional journey as each character tries to come to terms with loving themselves as well as loving the family they’re a part of.