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Ama Ata Aidoo

Ama Ata Aidoo

Ama Ata Aidoo was a Ghanaian author, poet, playwright, politician, and academic.

1942

Born
23 March 1942

Born

Christina Ama Ata Aidoo was born on March 23, 1942, in Abeadzi Kyiakor, near Saltpond, in the Central Region of Ghana

1950

Early life
30 June 1950

Early life

Born on 31 March according to some sources, Ama Ata Aidoo grew up in a Fante royal household, with her father being the chief of Abeadzi Kyiakor, and her exposure to education and her aspirations as a writer were influenced by her father's efforts to educate their village after her grandfather's murder by neocolonialists.

1957

Education
30 June 1957

Education

After completing her education at Wesley Girls' Senior High School, Ama Ata Aidoo pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of Ghana, Legon, where she wrote her debut play, "The Dilemma of a Ghost," which was published by Longman in 1965, establishing her as the first published female African dramatist.

1970

Career
30 June 1970

Career

Aidoo pursued a fellowship in creative writing at Stanford University, then returned to Ghana to teach English, becoming a professor at the University of Ghana, a research fellow at the Institute of African Studies, and a lecturer at the University of Cape Coast before serving as Minister of Education, advocating for free education and addressing the roles of African women while promoting unity, critiquing exploitation, and co-chairing the Organization of Women Writers of Africa.

1990

Writings
30 June 1990

Writings

Ama Ata Aidoo is a prolific writer whose works include plays such as "The Dilemma of a Ghost" and "Anowa," novels like "Our Sister Killjoy" challenging traditional views on sexuality, award-winning poetry collections like "Someone Talking to Sometime," and she also founded the Mbaasem Foundation to support African women writers; she has made significant contributions to anthologies and published a collection of short stories and essays.

1992

Honours and recognition
30 June 1992

Honours and recognition

Ama Ata Aidoo received numerous awards throughout her career, including the Mbari Club prize in 1962 for her short story "No Sweetness Here" and the 1992 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Africa) for her novel Changes, and she was the inspiration for various works, such as a volume of essays in her honor, a documentary film, and the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize; furthermore, the Ama Ata Aidoo Centre for Creative Writing was established in her honor at the African University College of Communications.

2023

Death
30 May 2023

Death

Aidoo passed away at the age of 81 in Accra, and President Nana Akufo-Addo announced that she would receive a state funeral, honoring her as an exceptional writer, advocate for women's rights, and champion of African and global progress, with funeral rites taking place from July 13 to July 16.

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