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Ama Ata Aidoo, née Christina Ama Aidoo (dem born am 23 March 1942) be Ghanaian author, poet, playwright den academic.[1] Na she be de Minister of Education for Jerry Rawlings ein tym. For 2000 insyd, she establish de Mbaasem Foundation so say she go take promote den support de work of African women writers.[1][2]

Ama Ata Aidoo
Sex or genderfemale Edit
Country of citizenshipGhana Edit
Name in native languageAma Ata Aidoo Edit
Given nameAma Edit
Family nameAidoo Edit
Date of birth23 March 1942 Edit
Place of birthAbeadzi Kyiakor Edit
Date of death31 May 2023 Edit
Place of deathAccra Edit
Manner of deathnatural causes Edit
Cause of deathdisease Edit
Native languageFante Edit
Languages spoken, written or signedEnglish, Fante Edit
Occupationpoet, novelist, playwright, politician Edit
Field of workpoetry, drama, fiction literature Edit
EmployerBrown University Edit
Position heldMinister for Education Edit
Educated atWesley Girls' High School, University of Ghana Edit
Work locationZimbabwe Edit
Work period (start)1964 Edit
Member of political partyProvisional National Defence Council Edit
Award receivedCommonwealth Writers' Prize Edit
Personal pronounL484 Edit

Ein early life

Dem born Aidoo for 23 March 1942 for Saltpond wey dey Central Region for Ghana insyd. Sum sources wey dey include Megan Behrent, Brown University, den Africa Who's Who state say dem born am for 31 March 1940.[3][4] She get twin bro, Kwame Ata.[5][6]

Ein education

Aidoo attend Wesley Girls' Senior High School wey dey Cape Coast[7] from 1961 dey go 1964. Afta ein high school, she enrol for de University of Ghana, Legon wer she get degree of Bachelor of Arts for English insyd wey she san rep ein first play, De Dilemma of a Ghost, for 1964 insyd.[8] Longman publish de play de following year, wey emake Aidoo de first published African woman dramatist.[9]

Ein film

She be de subject of sam 2014 documentary film, De Art of Ama Ata Aidoo, made by Yaba Badoe.[10][11][12]

Ein awards den recognition

Aidoo receive chaw awards wey dey include de 1992 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Africa) for ein novel Changes.

De Aidoo-Snyder book prize, de Women's Caucus of the African Studies Association award am for outstanding book woman publish wey dey prioritize African women demma experiences, dem name am in honor of Ama Ata Aidoo den of Margaret C. Snyder, wey na be de founding director for UNIFEM.[13]

Dem launch for March 2017 insyd, dem name Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing (Aidoo Centre), wey dey under de auspices for de Kojo Yankah School of Communications Studies for de African University College of Communications (AUCC) insyd Adabraka, Accra, for ein honour insyd[14]—ebi de first centre of ein kind insyd West Africa, plus Nii Ayikwei Parkes as ein director.[15][16]


Aidoo die for 31 May 2023, for de age of 81.[17][18] According to ein family, she die peacefully for home after sam short illness.[19][20]

Ein works dem select

  • De Dilemma of a Ghost (play), Accra: Longman, 1965. New York: Macmillan, 1971.
  • Anowa (ebi play wey dey base on Ghanaian legend), London: Longman, 1970. New York: Humanities Press, 1970.
  • No Sweetness Here: A Collection of Short Stories, Longman, 1970.
  • Our Sister Killjoy: or Reflections from a Black-eyed Squint (novel), Longman, 1977.
  • Someone Talking to Sometime (a poetry collection), Harare: College Press, 1986.
  • De Eagle den de Chickens and Other Stories (for children), Tana Press, 1986.
  • Birds den Other Poems, Harare: College Press, 1987.
  • An Angry Letter in January (poems), Dangaroo Press, 1992.
  • Changes: a Love Story (novel), De Women's Press, 1991.
  • De Girl Who Can den Other Stories, Heinemann African Writers Series, 1997.
  • Diplomatic Pounds & Other Stories, Ayebia Clarke Publishing, 2012.

As editor

  • African Love Stories: An Anthology, African Love Stories: An Anthology, Ayebia Clarke Publishing, 2006.

Further reading

  • Aditya Misra, "Death in Surprise: Gender and Power Dynamics in Ama Ata Aidoo's Anowa". Journal of Drama Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2012, pp. 81–91.
  • Anne V. Adams (ed.), Essays in Honour of Ama Ata Aidoo at 70: A Reader in African Cultural Studies. Ayebia Clarke Publishing, 2012.
  • Ada Uzoamaka Azodo and G. Wilentz, Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo, Africa Research & Publications, 1999.
  • Vincent O. Odamtten, The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo: Polylectics and Reading Against Neocolonialism. University Press of Florida, 1994.
  • Esther Pujolràs-Noguer, An African (Auto)biography. Ama Ata Aidoo's Literary Quest: Strangeness, nation and tradition, Lap Lambert Academic Publishing, 2012.
  • Nafeesah Allen, "Negotiating with the Diaspora: an Interview with Ama Ata Aidoo", Scholar & Feminist Online, 2009.


  1. 1.0 1.1 https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ama-Ata-Aidoo
  2. https://mbaasem.wordpress.com/
  3. http://www.postcolonialweb.org/africa/ghana/aidoo/aidoobio.html
  4. Uwechue, Raph (1996). Africa Who's Who. London: Africa Books Limited. pp. 80-81. ISBN 9780798303446.
  5. Odamtten, Vincent Okpoli (26 April 2000). " 'For Her Own (Works') Quality' The Poetry of Ama Ata Aidoo". Matatu. 21-22 (1): 209-216. doi:10.1163/18757421-90000320.
  6. https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/features/Prof-Ama-Ata-Aidoo-s-action-is-about-principles-not-sheer-human-foibles-467430#:~:text=Ama%20Ata%20Aidoo%20is%20also,a%20man%2C%20just%20as%20Mr.
  7. http://authorscalendar.info/aidoo.htm
  8. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ama-Ata-Aidoo
  9. Naana Banyiwa Horne, "Aidoo, Ama Ata", Who's Who in Contemporary Women's Writing, 2001, Routledge.
  10. http://amaatafilm.com/
  11. https://africanwomenincinema.blogspot.com/2013/12/yaba-badoe-talks-about-documentary-film.html
  12. http://awdf.org/the-art-of-ama-ata-aidoo-documentary-film-launch/
  13. https://web.archive.org/web/20160628140353/http://asawomenscaucus.matrix.msu.edu/?page_id=705
  14. https://www.modernghana.com/news/761663/aucc-launches-ama-ata-aidoo-centre-for-creative-writing.html
  15. https://web.archive.org/web/20230126161855/http://www.jamesmurua.com/ama-ata-aidoo-centre-creative-writing-opens-accra-ghana/
  16. http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/ama-ata-aidoo-centre-for-creative-writing-inaugurated-114420
  17. https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/Renowned-Ghanaian-writer-Prof-Ama-Ata-Aidoo-is-dead-1777163
  18. https://occupygh.net/ama-ata-aidoo-ghanaian-poet-dies-at-81
  19. https://www.myjoyonline.com/prof-ama-ata-aidoo-passes-on-aged-81/
  20. https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/ama-ata-aidoo-is-gone.html