Ghanaian-American filmmaker, Blitz ‘The Ambassador’ Bazawule has sold his first novel.
Titled ‘The Scent of Burnt Flowers,’ the book is set for publication in 2022. The novel is steeped in the history of Ghana, specifically the 1966 coup of then-president, Kwame Nkrumah, per Deadline.
The novel follows an African American couple, who are on the run after one commits a murder in self-defense in the Deep South of the United States. Unaware a coup is underway in Ghana, the couple’s plan for safety is to flee the United States and reunite with their old friend Nkrumah who they believe will grant them asylum.
The couple’s chance encounter with Ghana’s most beloved Highlife musician, who’s headed to play for the president, sparks a journey full of suspense, lust, magic and danger as Nkrumah’s regime crumbles around them.
Bazawule previously worked on Beyonce’s visual album Black Is King which debuted on Disney+. He nabbed the directing gig for The Color Purple feature musical.
He also wrote and directed the award-winning feature film The Burial of Kojo. Bazawule is repped by CAA, M88 and Granderson Des Rochers.