The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born Analysis
by Ayi Kwei Armah

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The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born Analysis

The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born is a depiction of post-colonial Ghana. According to Armah, the citizens were hopeful that, after independence things, would get better. But they got worse. Kwame Nkrumah and his government, instead of delivering a good life to the citizens of Ghana and taking them out of poverty, abandoned them and allowed only a few to prosper.

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Armah uses vivid depressive descriptions of the environment, such as sights and smells of human filth on the streets, to show the reader how much the government has neglected Ghana. However, the scenario is very different in affluent neighborhoods, such as the one that Koomson and his family live in. It's quiet, clean suburb that has everything they need.

To conclude, this novel shows how colonization altered Ghanaians' way of thinking. "The good life" was associated with Western culture, and most Ghanaians saw someone with imported items as a person who had "made it" in life. Despite blaming politicians for poor leadership, most Ghanians admired them. It is for this reason that the novel ends on a sad note, with the author contemplating that things won't change much under the new leadership.