The Kaya Girl

The Kaya Girl

About the Webinar

This Children's Africana Book Award Webinar, part of the Global Read Webinar Series, took place on February 18, 2023 at 1 pm EST with a presentation by Mamle Wolo, author of The Kaya Girl.

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About the Book

The Kaya Girl, authored by Mamle Wolo is a novel that explores a friendship that develops against the backdrop of wealth and poverty. Abena, a doctor's daughter, is spending her summer vacation working at her auntie's shop in Accra's Makola Market, a place she and her wealthy mall-shopping friends would never frequent. Faiza is a Muslim migrant worker from northern Ghana. She makes her living as a kayayoo, toting packages on her head for shoppers in the market.  When the two girls meet, they form an unlikely and powerful friendship that crosses many boundaries. Recommended for middle and high school students.

About the Author


Mamle Wolo is an award-winning author from Accra, Ghana who writes fiction, poetry and screenplays.

About the Global Read Webinar Series

Once a month, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Children's Africana Book Award, Freeman Book Award, Middle East Book Award, and the South Asia Book Award) sponsor a 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards. The series of webinars is called Global Read Webinar Series. Each webinar features a presentation by an award-winning author with discussion on how to incorporate multicultural literature into the classroom. All sessions are free and open to the public. 

The Children's Africana Book Awards is sponsored by the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association. The Center for African Studies at Howard University is the institutional base for the Awards.


Global Read Webinar Series - Africana Award