Java Hill : An African Journey
A nation’s evolution through 10 generations of a family linking four continents

This manuscript sat fermenting slowly over a period of about ten years after it served its cathartic purpose for the author and those who were invited to read it. In this span of time, two of Edward Ulzen’s successors as head of the Nyanyiwa family of Elmina have crossed the river to meet him at the village.

The venerable Supreme Court judge, His Lordship Justice Charles Hayfron-Benjamin, is gone; but before he did, he eagerly attended the commemoration of the Edward A. Ulzen Memorial Foundation on February 15, 2003, in Elmina. He accepted his customary bottle of Scotch malt and told me in good humor as he departed for Kumasi that because of his advancing age, he would drink it slowly but surely at one teaspoon a day.

He expressed his pride at how his uncle had been immortalized by the establishment of the foundation. Mr. Mensah was not in his window overlooking the street when I got to Elmina last summer. The retired headmaster had been slowly fading away last year but still welcomed his whisky. His eyes had grown dim, and sadly, he was not able to succeed the judge before he was called up.

It now falls on the people’s generation to carry the torch and contribute effectively to the development of their country and continent for the benefit of the many underprivileged and poor who are still trying to find a path to true emancipation.

Skillfully written and highly evocative, Java Hill: An African Journey is a kind of volume that offers a new kind of drama that will definitely touch readers’ hearts and souls.