For 45 years, Meshack Asare has vividly written and illustrated stories for children that relate to their experiences growing up in Africa.
The Ghanaian author and artist grew up in the 1940s and 50s, the son of an accountant and a trader. His father loved to read – history books and magazines filled with vibrant color photographs. But Asare says there was nothing for a child to read other than textbooks designed to teach English reading and writing.
“It began with not reading children’s books, or the kinds that I would have loved as a child,” Asare said.