Literature - Book Review Faceless by Amma Darko

Faceless is a satirical narrative that criticizes families and a society who allows their young ones to be pulled into the life of streetism.

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The narrative revolves round the life of a fourteen year old Fofo, who is forced to take into the street after the failure of her parents to cater for her needs. Her sister, Baby T is pushed into prostitution which leads to her untimely death. Whereas Fofo is almost raped by Poison, the street Lord at the beginning of the story.

After the mysterious death of  her elder sister, Baby T, Fofo demands for justice from the government. Through stings of events, she comes across Kabria, a mother of three and a member of MUTE. MUTE is a non governmental. Organisation primarily invested in documentation and information building. Kabria with the rest of the members of MUTE and the presenter of Harvest FM; Slyo Po embarks on investigative journalism and research work to unveil the causes of street life for children and more importantly, to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of Baby T, a street child.

Faceless is set in modern day Accra Ghana and it aims to enlighten its readers on the phenomenon of a street child. They are denied basic rights, they are exploited physically, mentally and sexually. Many end up becoming hardened criminals like Poison or petty ones like Fofo and Ordaley. Worse still, some have irreversible experiences like death as in the cases of Baby .

The society also becomes a victim of the phenomenon as young talents are wasted, criminalized and made torturers of innocents - as it happens in the case of Fofo trying to rob Kabria. Some of the parents and guardians of these children are left to be plagued by their guilt.

The novel opens our eyes to some of the courses of streetism among young ones. One of which are; parental irresponsibility - a prime example is Maa Tsuru. She can be said to be the architects of her children misfortunes. Other causes are poverty, faulty beliefs, ignorance, absentee fathers and irresponsibility.

To pass her message across, Amma Darko uses narrative techniques which has proven effective. One of which is the third person omniscient point of view. By separating herself from the characters, we are able to be aware of the thoughts of different characters, principal characters and past events; as well as their diverse motivations.

For example, it is the narrator who tells of all that happens to Maa Tsuru before the beginning of the book, as well as inform us about some of the current actions and reactions of characters like Maami Brini, Kpakpo, Onko and so on.

This novels calls on its reader to be socially responsible. This is the act of being sensitive and responsive to the need of one's immediate society. It involves voluntary service to the community as seen in the activities of MUTE and Harvest FM in the story.

It calls on the government to do something (proffer solutions) as more children are taken to the streets everyday.

It also call on families to emulate the family of Kabria (Amma Darko shows us what a family should look like) as it is intact and cohesive. The children are happy and well care for.

Amma Darko's Faceless is a voice to the voiceless. Every one has a role to play in the society.

Another book to add to your TBR.

Written by Vanessa Iyenoma.

My name is Vanessa Iyenoma, popularly called "Nessa". I'm a lifestyle blogger, blogging a lot about books and motivational subjects @ . I'm a student, a writer, a christian, a bibliophile, amongst other things.

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