Manu Herbstein was born in 1936 near Cape Town, South Africa. He holds dual South African and Ghanaian citizenship. In the 1960s he worked as a civil and structural engineer in England, Nigeria, Ghana, India, Zambia, and Scotland. He returned to Ghana in 1970 and has lived there since. He began writing seriously as he approached retirement. His first novel, < hfref="https://aalbc.com/books/bookinfo.php?isbn13=9781497636019">Ama, a Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, won the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Best First Book.
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