The life of Manka’a from teen-age to great-grand motherhood is crammed into a 121-page novel entitled MANKA’A.
Manka’a is about 1.75m (almost 5 feet 9 inches) tall and has an alluring physique. In secondary school form two, her mother dies, and two years later her father falls from a palm tree and also dies. Orphaned and barely sixteen years old, she has to eke out a living as a house-girl in the household of Mr. Abah, a farm supervisor in a plantation along the coast. She uses the money to support her younger siblings in school.