We are taking a close look at the role of Ms Kamame in Faceless, a novel by Amma Darko
Ms Kamame is a social worker with The Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), a Ghanaian non-governmental organization. The role of Ms Kamame in Faceless can be seen in the context of the many social problems that plague vulnerable segments of the Ghanaian society.
Before we continue …
I want to draw your attention to some other important topics that are suitable for the discussion in this post. Take a look at them.
- Summary of Chapter Thirteen of Faceless.
- The significance of Ms Kamame’s interview with Harvest FM or with Sylv Po
- The significance of Ms Kamame’s appearance on the Good Morning Ghana show.
- Ms Kamame as Amma Darko’s mouthpiece (or the voice of the author of Faceless)
Parts of this post can equally serve as part of an essay based on the below two topics.
- Discuss the role of the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) in Faceless.
- Comment on the theme of fatherhood in Faceless.
Let’s move on, shall we?
Ms Kamame’s work focuses mainly on issues that affect the female gender. Ms Kamame is a regular guest on Harvest FM where, through interviews with Sylv Po, she educates the public on the work and findings of her organization, PPAG.
We, therefore, can only discuss the role of Ms Kamame in Faceless when we look at the role she plays during the investigation into the killing of Baby T.
As a result of the mystery surrounding the killing of Baby T, the producers of Harvest FM’s flagship morning programme, Good Morning Ghana Show, invite Ms Kamame for an interview.
Ms Kamame’s interview with Sylv Po at Harvest FM is largely narrated in Chapter Thirteen of Faceless. Chapter Thirteen happens to be the very last chapter of BOOK TWO in Amma Darko’s Faceless.
Issues raised that come up the interview
The main thrust of the discussion between Ms Kamame and her host, Sylv Po, is the street child phenomenon.
A significant portion of the duration of the programme is devoted to the causes of the street child problem.
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The role of Ms Kamame
- The theme of fatherhood
One key theme that comes up during Ms Kamame’s appearance on the Good Morning Ghana Show is the theme of fatherhood or parenthood in general.
Ms Kamame makes it clear to the listeners of the Good Morning Ghana show that fatherhood does not stop with the provision of the material needs of the child. A real father, she says, goes beyond this to assist in giving good character training and emotional support to the child.
“It is not only the father who refuses to acknowledge or take responsibility for his child, but also the father with a narrow perception of fatherhood, who sees his role as fulfilled so long as he has paid the school fees, placed food on the table, and put clothes on the child’s back”
Causes of streetism
Secondly, we can view the role of Ms Kamame in Faceless in the light of her contribution to the development of the theme of streetism in the novel.
Through Ms Kamame, we come to grips with the social factors that push most children onto the streets of towns and cities like Accra.
Here are the causes of streetism that Ms Kamame points out during her appearance on Sylv Po’s Good Morning Ghana show.
- Absentee fathers
- Distorted beliefs and perceptions
- Sheer irresponsibility
- Misplaced priorities
This is an interesting point about the role of Ms Kamame in Faceless.
Indeed, it will not be far-fetched to suggest that the author of Faceless deliberately employs the character called Ms Kamame to air her personal views on the thorny issue of street children in the Ghanaian society.
Incidentally, “kamame” in the Ghanaian context can be literally translated to mean “be my mouthpiece” or something very close to it.
Despite the fact that Amma Darko appears to be preaching directly to her readers through this fictional character called Ms Kamame, most, if not all, the points she makes are valid ones.
Here, then, is a summary of the role of Ms Kamame in the novel, Faceless by Amma Darko.
Ms Kamame succeeds in educating the public on the street child menace.
Together with Syl Po and Harvest FM, Ms Kamame has performed an important social duty. She has raised the level of public awareness and interest in the plight of unfortunate children who have been compelled by circumstances beyond their control to make, and call, the streets of Accra their home.