Monthly Archives: March 2012

Building My Own Home

‘I must have been almost crazy
to start out alone like my bicycle
pedalling into the tropics carrying
a medicine for which no one had found
the disease and hoping
I would make it in time.’

Richard Shelton, ‘The Tattooed Desert’

Don’t ask me why this wonderful poem with its wry wisdom reminds me of the year-long process of building my own home…but it does. After Sundowners was published in 2004, I decided to return to Accra where I’d grown up, buy land and build my own home – every architect’s dream. Continue reading