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George Kofi Nyidevu Awoonor-Williams

George Kofi Nyidevu Awoonor-Williams

Kofi Awoonor is a Ghanaian diplomat, poet, literary critic, and comparative literature professor

1935

Kofi Awoonor Williams is born
13 March 1935

Kofi Awoonor Williams is born

Kofi Awoonor Williams was born in Wheta, Ghana. One of Ghana's ethnic groupings, the Ewe, is the family he was born into. His mother, Comfort Fiawoo, was a market trader who sold goods, and his father, Rev. E.N. Awoonor-Williams, was a Presbyterian priest.

1964

Releases his debut book of poems
16 June 1964

Releases his debut book of poems

Rediscovery and Other Poems, Kofi Awoonor Williams' debut poetry collection, was released. His position as a key figure in African literature was cemented by the anthology, which won praise from critics. The collection's poems delve into topics including identity, colonialism, and African history and culture.

1975

Incarceration under a military dictatorship
10 June 1975

Incarceration under a military dictatorship

Kofi Awoonor Williams was detained by Ghana's newly installed military government. He was charged with taking part in a plan to topple the government. Before being freed, he was detained for several months without being put on trial.

1990

Commonwealth Poetry Prize
05 June 1990

Commonwealth Poetry Prize

Kofi Awoonor Williams' book "The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems" earned him the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.

2013

Death in terrorist attack
21 September 2013

Death in terrorist attack

Kofi Awoonor Williams perished in a terrorist assault at the Westgate retail center in Nairobi, Kenya. To take part in the Storymoja Hay Festival, he traveled to Kenya and was killed in the attack.

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