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Ghanaian Author, Playwright, Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo dies at 81

Information reaching indicates that Ghanaian writer and playwright, Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo has died.

She died on Wednesday, May 31, at the age of 81, according to her family.

Family of late Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo said “But in the hope of the resurrection, the death of our beloved relative and writer who passed away in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 31st May 2023, after a short illness”.

Head of family, Opanyin Kwamena Essandoh Aidoo further said "Funeral arrangements would be announced in due course. The Family requests privacy at this difficult moment,”


Born on March 23, 1942 at Abeadzi Kyiakor near Saltpond in the Central Region of Ghana, Ama attended the Wesley Girls’ High School and University of Ghana.

She received international recognition as one of the most prominent African writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Prof Aidoo began to write seriously while an honours student at the University of Ghana in 1964.

The writer, whose work, written in English, emphasised the paradoxical position of the modern African woman.

She won early recognition with a problem play, The Dilemma of a Ghost (1965), in which a Ghanaian student returning home brings his African American wife into the traditional culture and the extended family that he now finds restrictive.

Their dilemma reflects Aidoo’s characteristic concern with the “been-to” (African educated abroad), voiced again in her semi autobiographical experimental first novel, Our Sister Killjoy; or, Reflections from a Black-Eyed Squint (1966).

Prof Aidoo also won a fellowship to Stanford University in California, returned to teach at Cape Coast, Ghana (1970–82), and subsequently accepted various visiting professorships in the United States and Kenya.

Credit: GIK/APA



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