A WOMAN IN HER PRIME BY ASARE KONADU PDF

The novels are mostly short, many but not all have been written in English. They are mostly West African, the literary constellation revolving around Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal. It is not a big world, at least not on the internet: I received a nice e-mail from Cameron Duodo after I posted about his novel The Gab Boys ; I touched up very slightly! Woman is a critical novel of village life with a progressive message that is modern but not reactionary. It deals with the problems of an African woman, Pokuwaa, who is in her 30s and has not had any children, considered a tragic condition by her society, not least by her mother. She has fired two husbands for this reason and her third, Kwadwo, is fearful of losing her.

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The novels are mostly short, many but not all have been written in English. They are mostly West African, the literary constellation revolving around Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal. It is not a big world, at least not on the internet: I received a nice e-mail from Cameron Duodo after I posted about his novel The Gab Boys ; I touched up very slightly! Woman is a critical novel of village life with a progressive message that is modern but not reactionary.

It deals with the problems of an African woman, Pokuwaa, who is in her 30s and has not had any children, considered a tragic condition by her society, not least by her mother. She has fired two husbands for this reason and her third, Kwadwo, is fearful of losing her. He loves her for her own sake: she has grown up to be a strong person and a good farmer.

It is Kwadwo who provides the unconditional acceptance that helps her to resist the psychological pressure of her life although the author understates this nicely. Abetted by her obsessed mother Pokuwaa has been visiting various shamans and healers. But the omens are never good. When lightening strikes and burns an old tree near the village there is ominous talk of looking about for a witch.

The last straw for Pokuwaa is when she comes across the body of a man near her farm. A dire episode indeed. But the last straw is a good thing for Pokuwaa. She gives up on the magic, on the theories of fate.

She decides that she must just let life run its course. She gives up her burden. Ah, but this is a West African 60s novel, all pages. So in no time at all she is pregnant and lives happily ever after. But his view is that the traditional folkloric account that defined the emotional regime under which Pokuwaa lived was oppressing her, and perhaps contributing to her problems. That is, his target was not so much sexism as superstition, although he understood the negative social consequences for women of magical explanation.

In this way his novel is interesting to the western reader today. The western stereotype of the African novel is that it illuminates the positive side of Africa as a cultural soldier defending the homeland.

But 60s African writers, like feminists, are often critics of traditions that have come to seem unenlightened and abusive. They did not have much international readership and thus were not as self-conscious as the modern African writer, who tends to criticize regimes more than societies.

They thought that they were living through a transformative time, and they try to open doors to the future. And there is the persistent theme that good character will out: that is a theme that links African and North American letters.

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Summary Of A Woman In Her Prime Novel By Asare Konadu

African literature has got to the level of resurging the old African antiquity and merged it with the present for close juxtaposition. The misfortune of the protagonist of the novel, Aduwa Pokuwa is a true revelation that child bearing is very important for female, as a woman found to be barren as desert cannot be reckoned with in the society. Throughout the novel, there exists conflict between god and God, as great god Tano which Pokuwa has been offering sacrifices for before is relegated as being powerless and all fates are entrusted in God who Pokuwa believes to have erased the indelible mark of barrenness and pessimism from her bosom. He had called on great Tano to make it possible for Pokuwa to bear a child.

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Blessing Apoti It is the appointed day for sacrifice to the god Tano, but Pokuwaa is running late. She washes herself, rubs her skin with shea cream, and purifies herself with white clay powder, then looks for the black hen she means to sacrifice. She finds only a post in the ground and a broken string. The hen has escaped! She asks some children if they have seen it, and when one child admits to having thrown a stick at a stray black hen she sees that he is a fetish child -- the product of prayers and sacrifice like the child she wants for herself. Rather than being harsh with him, she enlists him and the other children to search for her hen.

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