Remembering pp 143-166 | Cite as

“My Desire is for the Poor to Speak Well of Me”

  • D. Soyini Madison
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)


DP: You spent almost two years in Ghana, teaching literature in and through performance. While there, you began researching the controversial practice of Trokosi: the ritual sacrifice of young girls to shrines usually in reparation for a sexual crime committed by a male member of the girl’s family. This culminated in a performance that joined your fieldwork and teaching, Is It a Human Being or a Girl? But why Ghana in the first place? I know you got the Fulbright, but why Ghana?


Young Girl Rich Country Workshop Performance Ritual Sacrifice African American Literature 
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