L’Ouverture Arts Facilitator has published a new title, Ajani’s Wonderful Summer, written by Barbadian author, Akhentoolove. It’s a collection of coming-of-age stories for boys, set in the Caribbean island of Barbados. The stories are about eleven-year-old Ajani Clarke, his friends and his family. Amid the fecund and lush Barbadian country landscape and pristine beaches, Ajani enjoys the simple pleasures of a young boy’s life.
Ajani’s Wonderful Summer reflects the richness of Barbadian history and cultural heritage, as well as universal social values. They particularly emphasize Ajani’s relationship with his father, Papa C, who provides Ajani with the love, knowledge and confidence he needs to nurture his dreams. While re-acquainting Barbadian boys with some of the traditional ways in which Bajans have fun and enjoy themselves, the stories focus on Ajani’s unfolding maturity during one significant summer vacation.