Garden City is a new children’s book. It tells the story of Ama Tricie, a Black girl determined to change the world one idea at a time. After a series of ups and downs, she realises that all you need to do is to believe in yourself and everything else will fall in place.
Have you heard that saying, “Children are our future”? Well it is 100% true. However, children are rarely made a part of our conversation about the future. This book seeks to put children at the forefront of the conversation, it allows them to explore their capabilities, takes them on a journey of ups and downs and encourages them to always take the first step because everything else will fall in place afterwards.
The author Nelly Sarpong was born in Germany but grew up both in Ghana and Germany. During her formative years in Germany, she rarely, if ever, saw books with a Black protagonist. All the covers of the books she owned had children on the covers who did not look like her. She decided if she ever had the chance to write a book, she would make the protagonist a girl who was Black. A Black girl who had a voice, A strong Black girl who could make a difference, an intelligent strong Black girl who was seen not just because she was beautiful, smart and strong but because she also deserved to be the hero of her own story.
Half of all profits from the sale of Garden city will go to Health and Education for Afram Plains Children and Youth (HEAPCY), an NGO in Ghana dedicated to improving the health and education of children and youth in the Afram Plains district.