‘I Can Never Get Bored of Writing About Sex’ Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah’s First Draft

Author of The Sex Lives of African Women and co-founder of Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, will never stop writing about sex: ‘Sex is very political, and the construction of it as private is a strategy to maintain particular narratives around sex.’

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What books or kinds of books did you read growing up?

I grew up reading the Ramona series. I loved those books. I was such a mischievous child, and it took a while for my mum to realize that I was recreating all those escapades that Ramona got into. I also read a lot of Sweet Valley High books. I remember one time convincing my friend who was staying over that we should stay up late so we could have a midnight feast. It was during the Christmas season and so we gorged on Piccadilly biscuits (a sort of pale sweet-like treat that used to be everywhere during the festive season in Ghana when I was growing up). It all ended badly when I threw up all over the floor...

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