Ayesha Harruna Attah

Born to two Ghanaian journalists, Ayesha Harruna Attah grew up in Accra. She moved to Massachusetts and studied Biochemistry at Mount Holyoke College and then Columbia University. She received an MFA in Creative Writing at New York University. In 2009, with a fellowship from Per Ankh Publishers and TrustAfrica, she published her first novel, Harmattan Rain, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2010. Her second novel, Saturday’s Shadows, was published in English (World Editions) and Dutch (De Geus) in 2015.  She currently lives in Ghana and was recently awarded the Morland Writing Scholarship for a new book titled Kola, on the story of the caffeine-con family frui that originated the term “cola”.