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Asare Konadu

KONADU, (Samuel) Asare (1932-94), Ghanaian novelist, was born in Asamang in the Ashanti Region of Ghana and attended local schools and Abuakwa State College in eastern Ghana. He worked as a reporter and for radio before joining the Ghana Information Service in 1951 and later studied journalism in Europe on a Ghana government scholarship. Among the first generation of writers who stormed the Ghanaian market with their own brand of popular literature known in neighbouring Nigeria as Onitsha market literature, Konadu wrote about life in rural Ghana. The title of his first novel, The Wizard of Asamang (1964), reveals his interest in traditional values and his obsession with superstition. A number of popular novels followed, including Come Back Dora! (1966), Shadow of Wealth (1966), Night Watchers of Korlebu (1967), A Woman in Her Prime (1967), Ordained by the Oracle (1969), and The Coup Makers (1994), often incorporating details of the traditional customs and practices of the Akan people of Ghana. He also published popular fiction under the pseudonym Kwabena Asare Bediako, most notably Don't Leave Me Mercy (1966) and A Husband for Esi Ellua (1967).