About the Book:
A remarkable and intriguing story about a journey by Yvonne Blackwood, Banker and Community Activist, to West Africa, the land of her ancestors. It begins in Nigeria with exposure to the tight control by the military that causes Blackwood to experience fear as never before. In Ghana her respect for human beings and 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 Blackwood’s native Jamaica, Into Africa A Personal Journey resonates with unique poignancy, a love of people and her growing spiritual quest for her African roots among the proud Ashanti people. A story about determination and pursuing dreams, it transcends race and will appeal to adventurers, travellers, male and female from teenagers to 90 year olds.
About the Author
Yvonne Blackwood’s signature quotation is “Perseverance is a great element of success. If you knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” It was with determination and drive to fulfill a lifelong dream that she set out on a journey to West Africa-alone.
She is a newspaper columnist and wrote for The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper with more than two million readers. She currently writes for The African Connection. Yvonne has published several short stories. She was the winner of the Canadian Authors, Toronto Branch, Millennium 2000 short story contest with a fascinating story, Old Friends. The story is published in an anthology called In All Directions.
Blackwood is well known for her community work and has held many positions including: President of Tropicana Community Services Organization, Director of the Children’s Aid Society, Board Director of the Trillium Foundation, and Marketing Director of the Toronto branch of The Canadian Authors Association.
Yvonne was born in Jamaica and immigrated to Canada in 1976. She is a banker and has worked for the Royal Bank for thirty years. Email Yvonne at: [email protected]