About the Author

Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu is a Ghanaian American biracial writer.  She is the daughter of a Ghanaian Engineer who runs a small African Grocery in  Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was raised in Michigan where her father worked in the automobile industry.  She spent elementary school on the Michigan State University campus where her father was earning his engineering degree.  The elementary school was so diverse due to the popularity of the campuses engineering program, that “international day,” was held at her school every year. Her neighbor in married housing was from Saudi Arabian royalty, and it was rumored that because he saw her chasing bunnies, that he released bunnies in the complex.  In her younger days she regarded herself as a hippie, a punk, a gitana, a feminist, and more recently a scholar, while she traversed major cities like New York, Chicago, London, Amsterdam, Mexico City, and San Francisco.  It was while living in the mountains in Mexico that she explored a deep connection with nature that is often present in her work.  She was also a British exchange student and resided in London for several years.  Different euphemisms emerge in her work from this period.

Growing up in a multicultural household informs her highly liberal perspective.  She was also impressed while in the Netherlands with alternative responses to problem solving, counter-culture and voyeurism.  Having held a variety of non-traditional jobs, her past pluralistic work experience has also informed a lot of her

personality.  Ms. Osei-Bonsu spent time working in an indoor sprout farm, in Chicago, where she learned hydroponic growing, as well Chinese methods for harvesting mung bean sprouts in a vat with a fan.  She also worked as a textile designer and at the well-known textile trade fair, “Premiere Vision,” in Paris, France.  She brings to her writing the richness of work history, the culture of international travel and the finery of art and textiles.  She immersed in Spanish while living in Mexico that she swears changed the definition of her face. Her father, of the Ashanti Tribe, gave her Twi language lessons on Sunday mornings.

Ms. Osei-Bonsu presents a masterful collection poetry that captures often, the subtleties of poverty and the human condition.  Emanating from her start as a lean proverb writer, she uses economy of word to articulate the maximum power that is available only to a fine poet.  Her poetry is hinged not on adversity, but rather on wisdom.  She demonstrates remarkable rhythm, cadence, and songwriting.  Ms. Osei-Bonsu has a liveliness, and a soulfulness. Earlier work of Ms. Osei-Bonsu dealt with her beginning research on “what is endemic to a paradise.”  She is concerned with the deliberate valuation and un-branding of mankind. She feels it is tragically sad what topics like racism and “homelessness” did to mankind in terms of branding.  Ms. Osei-Bonsu crafts the “new” as she undoes the old.  She is author of a vibrant collection of poems titled, “Value to Man,” released on Westwood Publishing, in the spring of 2021, which is also due out on books on tape in the summer 2021.  She is a candidate this spring with the release of “Value to Man,” for numerous awards including a Hoffer and a Pulitzer.

About the Book

“Value to Man” is a masterful collection of poems by Ghanaian American poet, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu that attempts to cultivate beauty in mankind while describing in myriad ways what it means to deliberately value one’s people. The love affair with Little Jinn is threaded through 3 collections of poetry and suggestive of madness. Ms. Osei-Bonsu is a scholar of English and lover of Latin. She currently resides in Michigan, USA.

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