As I read this book, with all its leaps in time and space, I sometimes had the sense that there was another narrative running just beneath the surface of the text, some alternate story that the characters I was reading about simultaneously inhabited.

New York Times

Tope Folarin

‘If I had power over the lexical landscape, I would get rid of the word immigrant’—Nana Oforiatta Ayim talks to Wamuwi Mbao about her debut novel The God Child

Johannesburg Review of Books

To date, there are only a few works of fiction that explore the African experience within continental Europe and just a handful address the Afro-German experience, so Ayim’s book is important in helping to fill this gap.

The Guardian

Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Nana Oforiatta Ayim's debut novel The God Child isn't your typical immigrant tale—in fact, despite it being about a Ghanaian family living in Germany and the UK, according to the art historian and novelist,

it isn't one at all.

Okay Africa

Damola Duroomo

A captivating and rich novel, The God Child paints a strong image of the changing perception of African culture. Set between Germany, England and Ghana, narrator Maya is thrust into a whirlwind of family stories, unfulfilled prophecies and alien cultures, while she struggles to place herself in her surroundings as a young girl.

Storgy Magazine

Mariah Feria

This book is like an art installation: different pieces that you pause on, that you don’t always know the full story behind. Jumping from one point to another so that, like Maya, who looks ‘at [her] reflection in the mirror, half there, half in another place’ the reader is sometimes made to feel lost, to have the narrative rug pulled out from under their feet. That might feel uncomfortable. Dare I say, that is the point.

Toast Magazine

Jen Campbell

In The God Child, Ayim’s expansive and contemplative debut, themes of art, history, literature, film, and legacy intermingle with Maya’s


Electric Lit

Ayesha Harruna Attah

Maya, the only child of a Ghanaian expat couple living in Germany, learns to adjust to her parents’ newly adopted son in this sensitively told story about immigration and family.


Emma Specter