Yaw is a Dutch citizen, originally from Ghana, who moved to the Netherlands in the late '80s. He is married to a Dutch woman and has two children. Yaw has been writing and telling stories as a hobby for a long time. He experienced first-hand the deforestation of the Ghanaian rainforest when he was living there as a child. He can still vividly remember today how logs were chained on timber trucks that went driving down the road at the back of his house to the sawmill.