Into Africa a Personal Journey – Yvonne Blackwood

When a single woman made plans to travel alone to West Africa for the first time, her clients and some friends thought she was crazy. “Africa is a dangerous place; you hear it in the news all the time,” they said. Into Africa, a Personal Journey, is a remarkable and intriguing story about a journey to West Africa, the land of Blackwood’s ancestors. The story begins in Nigeria with exposure to the tight control by the military that causes Blackwood to experience fear as never before. The journey takes her on an exploration of a new mysterious world where she experiences joy and wonderment as she shares in the lives of family members, friends and new acquaintances. In Ghana, her respect for human beings, and her sense of adventure along with destiny, lead her to meet Adamson. Determined to see it all, she finds herself in desperate situations, each mysteriously resolved by strangers. Peppered with nostalgic flashbacks to her native Jamaica, and colourful descriptions of West Africa, the memoir resonates with unique poignancy, a love of people, and Blackwood’s growing spiritual quest for her African roots among the proud Ashanti people. Down to earth, vulnerable yet fearless, Blackwood shares with us a small part of her life as it unfolds.