Author: Yeebo, Yepoka
Published on 3 August 2023 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (Bloomsbury Circus) in the United Kingdom.
Hardback | 400 pages
240 x 160 x 35 | 642g
â€˜Fabulously entertainingâ€™ Daily Telegraph â€˜Thrilling . . . Yeebo tells the jaw-dropping story of [Ghanaian con artist Blay-Miezah] . . . meticulously researchedâ€™ Guardianâ€˜Perfect for fans of Frank Abignale Jr.â€™s Catch Me If You Canâ€™ Publishers WeeklyThe astounding, never-before-told story of how an ingenious Ghanaian con artist ran one of the 20th centuryâ€™s longest and most audacious frauds.
When Ghana declared independence from Britain in 1957, it immediately became a target for opportunists determined to lay hold of whatever assets colonialism hadnâ€™t already stripped. The military ousted the new nationâ€™s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, then falsely accused him of stealing the countryâ€™s gold and hiding it overseas.
Into this story stepped one of historyâ€™s most charismatic scammers, John Ackah Blay-Miezah â€“ a con man to rival the trickster god Anansi. Born into poverty, Blay-Miezah declared himself the custodian of an alleged Nkrumah trust fund worth billions. You, too, could claim a piece, if only you would help him rescue it â€“ with a small investment. Over the 1970s and â€™80s, he grew his scam to epic proportions, amassing hundreds of millions of pounds from thousands of marks all over the world. He baffled Henry Kissinger, scandalised Shirley Temple-Black, and had Nixonâ€™s former attorney-general at his beck and call. Many tried to stop him, but Blay-Miezah continued to live in luxury, protected by ex-SAS soldiers while he deceived lawyers, businessmen and investigators around the globe.
In Anansiâ€™s Gold, Yepoka Yeebo chases the ever-wilder trail of Blay-Miezah â€“ and unfolds a riveting account of Cold War entanglements and African dreams â€“ revealing the untold story of the grifter who beat the West at its own thieving game.