Author Bio

T. P. Manus UlzenBorn in the gold mining hot bed of Tarkwa, Ghana, T. P. Manus Ulzen is the oldest of 5 children. His parents were both educators. He grew up in Bolgatanga, Wa, Wenchi, Accra, and Takoradi in Ghana until he was 12 years old.  He started high school at the age of 10 at St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast and continued his education at Kabulonga School for Boys in Lusaka, Zambia after his family left Ghana following the 1966 coup which ended Nkrumah’s first republic. He returned to Ghana to complete his high school education at Ghana Secondary Technical School, Takoradi. Though, greatly interested in liberal arts pursuits, he chose medicine as a career and graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School at the age of 22, becoming the youngest physician in his country at the time. After working as a general physician in Cape Coast, he left Ghana in 1980 for Canada to begin his specialist training. He completed his post graduate studies in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 1985 and has since had a successful career as an academic psychiatrist. He has been on the faculty at the University of Toronto, East Carolina University and is now Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he is also Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is married to Ekua Mensah a musician and African heritage consultant. They have 3 childern Adwoa Sarkoa, Kweku Edewar and Kofi Fraiku.

Dr. Ulzen co – founded the African Music Festival (Afrofest) in Toronto in 1989 and is the founder of the Elmina – Java Museum, a private museum which is a philanthropic enterprise that provides scholarships to needy youth in Elmina, Ghana for tertiary education in the health sciences. He also operates both the Edward A. Ulzen Memorial Foundation (EAUMF) Medical Volunteer Program which brings healthcare practitioners and learners to Elmina to support healthcare and education in the KEEA (Elmina) District. Dr. Ulzen has numerous scientific publications and has been a regular op-ed writer for numerous publications in Ghana for many years. In essence, he enjoys writing and this first novel gives great insight into his story telling style.