Literature-In-English Paper 2 May/June 2015

Question 2

        A Woman in Her Prime                                                     

    Discuss the significance of Tano Kofi in the novel.


This was not a popular question. However, those who attempted it, did not meet the demands of the question. Many of them portrayed Tano Kofi as a man, rather than the god whom Pokuwaa offers sacrifices to.

The significance of Tano Kofi in the novel include:

  • The villagers reverence of Tano Kofi who is the founding god of Brenhoma.
  • Tano as a uniting force and custodian of the welfare of the people.
  • Tano Kofi and the seventy-seven gods are invoked during the Odwira festival to bring healing, blessing and happiness to the people.
  • Pokuwaa’s attribution of her pregnancy to the god, Tano

    Candidates’ performance was poor.