Africa writers are branded of peculiar writing styles which enthuse many people to make their tale first choice. Asare Konedu is a novelist from Ghana. He has premeditated " A woman in her prime" not for fun but for an exclusive description of African culture without ignoring the value and practices of the people of Ghana more than ever those in the Ashantis land. I may say there are pro writers in Nigeria and other part of Africa.
Konadu, clearly exposes the believe and practices of people of Ghana as regards marriage, funeral celebration and traditional festivals in this novel. He designates Pokuwaa the leading character and her role played has really given a vivid picture and beauty of the story. We were informed that Pokuwaa could not sustain marriage in view of her childless. She experiences two different marriages with the unproductive problem. Kwadwo Fordwuo could be a real husband for Pokuwaa, but they met lately. He deliberately understands her situations and always feels with her. There may be a time for every situation. Nevertheless no situation is permanent. He contemplates. Pokuwaa demonstrates a habit of hard work and she is known as an industrious house wife who always goes to the nearest stream to fetch water to feed the family.
Pokuwaa is an ambitious lady whose target is always visualized with subsequent event. We discovered her excessive ambition during the Friday sacrifice for the great god Tano. She is nothing but animated all day long waiting patiently for the ceremony to come on. Brenhoma is the setting of the story. A farming community where traditional religion is mostly prevalent. We recognize lack of formal education among the people of this community. They guess their time by associating it to the rotation of the globe in connection with the position of the sun. Though there are tons of items people donate during the great Tano sacrifice, Pokuwaa visualizes a dark hen for her contribution. Meanwhile, the problems she confronts among many others which involve snake gulp down the black hen and her tactic skill to pin down the snake are some of the adventures she experiences.
Pokuwaa goes through a broad range of sacrifices with the view to recuperating her barrenness, but all these efforts are always in vain. Some of the medicine men deliberately mislead her and turn to provide frivolous solutions as result of an irregularity and an improper measure of using the medicine. Her mother is highly concerned about her child birth so as her advices and consolidations are always enforced. She has a compassionate friend, Koramoa whose companion is significant to Pokuwaa in diverse social ways.
Konadu describes Pokuwaa as one the industrious female farmers in Brenhoma. This really portrays African culture where women endure deadly farming work. No sooner had she discovered dead body near her farm and failed to reveal the news to the people of the town, except her trusted mother than she felt discomfort and nostalgia till the burial of the deceased Yaw Boakye. Even though the husband was amazed and suspected her of been having a compassionate relationship with the deceased, she was competent enough to reply him without impressive the fact. We hardly witness this meticulous behavior among women of Arica. On this note, her character displayed is highly recommended in this novel.
Konadu depictes the character of Pokuwaa as one of the women with high esteemed in Brenhoma community. She is optimistic that God is the only initiator of child and not the great god Tano. She rejected all the encouragement received from the mother and the husband with connection to spiritual sacrifices. We sense from this performance that Pokuwaa is not naturally inspired by traditional practices. She may demonstrate an outmost interest in praising the supreme Almighty God than these lesser gods in Brenhoma.
We were informed in the novel that Pokuwaa terror dead bodies awfully. She prefer sitting beside her mother when that benevolent chief who reigned for fifty years died. The chief has been nice to Koramoa, her best friend in many standpoints. She describes him as the only chief who shares food as well as so many other things with their families. We understand that the chiefs in Ghana are of great celebrity that they frequently receive gifts from their disciples. I ever saw one dressing in splendid Kentey cloth in Koforidua.
No one dare blame the supreme God. Pokuwaa shows sign of pregnancy within a few months after she boycotts the sacrifices of the great god Tago. She has even forgotten about her barrenness. Her husband Kwadwo doesn't bother much about the sudden change of her mind and they live happier than ever before. He is a great hunter so as he brings bush meat home to impress his wife. Her mother, the old lady becomes happy with the sign that her daughter has finally become pregnant. Her best friend Koramoa was full of joy while the husband, Kwadwo keeps his ears to the ground with shock. Good wishers contribute their mature compliments and advices. We were inspired by Maame Fosua's information; we are informed that when a woman is pregnant she needs to eat more of palm nut soup and chew sugarcane which in turn provide breast milk in abundant. No sooner did you read "A woman in her prime" than you understood the real culture of the people of Ghana.