Boateng, known professionally as Jesse Yaw released his debut novel, The Deconstruction of Humanity’s Voice, But We Are Still Standing in November 2022 …
The book has been widely acclaimed, internationally recognised, and also catalogued in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in the Harlem neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City.
Born in the UK, Boateng regularly travels back to his motherland, Ghana. Having worked in the corporate finance world for many years and being educated in the UK, he has had first-hand experience of the perils of racism, assimilation and its adverse effects on black people; and more importantly its crippling impact on black potential.
We spoke to Jesse about his book and how he explores contemporary, as well as historical, political, and psychological issues through his work and writing …
Please introduce yourself …
My name is Emmanuel Boateng a.k.a Jesse Yaw. I am a Ghanaian intellectual, writer, poet, political and economic theorist and Businessman.
Describe your life right now in a word or one sentence …
Tell us about The Deconstruction of Humanity’s Voice, But We Are Still Standing?
The book takes us through my journey as a young black man, exploring the racial constructs of relationships and modern society. With its destructive perceptions of class, race, truth, and equality, coloured by the trajectory of historical discrimination, and prejudiced western norms that have been embraced by the global community. I seek to explore the psychological impact that assimilation to westernised ideologies of beauty, governance, education, economy, law, class, and politics has on humanity. And what that consequently means for my own self-determination.
For too long, negative perceptions have cast a dark shadow upon black lives and subdued black potential. For these destructive perceptions to be removed from the eyes, lips, minds, and hearts of the global village, the re-education of the human mind is central. I aim to deconstruct the subconscious voice of the human mind and establish the unaltered truth of who we really are.
How did it come about?
I reflected on my adverse experiences as a young black man, growing up in the western world, in a racially hypnotised and prejudiced society. And sought to create a sacred text in the form of my novel, to help black people understand the frustrations and traps that westernised institutions, the media, and westernised society sets out for us to fail.
I use this book as a platform to expose and lay bare my experiences, and parallel my experiences with that which many black people will face. I aim to create and reconstruct a new paradigm of peace and justice, and a new black identity free of assimilation to western society, free of insecurity and pain. Writing his novel was like a cathartic experience, which allowed me to grow and develop as a black man.
Highs, lows, solutions …
Being a new writer, particularly writing about such raw and hard-hitting topics, you can feel like a marginalised voice, and it can be difficult to get traction from the core audience, so perseverance is key.
What’s been the most validating moment working on this book?
Receiving feedback from my readers, and them mentioning how the book has allowed them to become free, is most rewarding
What’s your current plan B? (if it all goes wrong what’s the plan?)
I don’t believe in Plan B, I believe in only gods will.
What’s made you Sad, Mad, Glad this week?
Sad the weather and train strikes. Mad, my football team losing. Glad, the arrival of my little niece.
What are you watching right now?
The Godfather Of Harlem
What are you reading right now?
Decolonizing Madness: The Psychiatric Writings of Frantz Fanon
What are you listening to right now?
The last thing you saw on stage?
What’s on your bucket list?
Celebrate someone else (who do you rate right now?)
Where can we find you / watch/listen/read your project?
The book is available on the Austin Macauley website and my website https://jesseyaw.ampbk.com/, Amazon, WHSmith, Blackwells and Afrori books.