Year of First Publication: 1978
The Healers is the fourth book written by the Ghanaian writer, Ayi Kwei Armah. I have already reviewed his book ‘The Fragments’ and this should be about the second book from him to be reviewed here. Ayi Kwei Armah writing proves to be one taken from a deep reservoir of intelligible knowledge.
Densu is the central character around which the story revolves but he is young and about twenty. Although young and strong, Densu is an intractable competitor to the throne of Esuano but his main challenger is Appia. Appia has a whole different technique to taking over the throne. During the heat of the contest, Ababio who is somewhat a guardian to Densu has inkling that Densu should be the next king and so confronts him on several occasions but Densu turns down all those offers. But the whole act of Ababio is synonymous to a conniver and this puts Densu at a very tight corner. The Healers provides an answer and so Densu goes to train with the Healer – Damfo. But it is interesting to see how things play out as Densu is with Damfo.
The whole story, as I understand it, is one that is well layered and well thought of by the author in that an enduring long-term objective always wins over prejudice and impatience. The Healers, in short, is concerned with the future, with what is ahead of us.