Ama Ata Aidoo

Ama Ata Aidoo was born in Abeadzi Kyiakor, Gold Coast, now Ghana. Her father was a chief of Abeadzi Kyakor, a political individual, as Ama Ata Aidoo’s grandfather who was killed by the British. Because of her father’s position, Ama Ata Aidoo grew up in a royal household with a clear sense of African traditions. In 1964 she graduated from the University of Ghana in Legon, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English. While still studying, she started to publish poetry, and began to work with Efua Sutherland, founder of the Ghana Drama Studio.

« Aidoo’s works of fiction particularly deal with the tension between Western and African world views. Many of her protagonists are women who defy the stereotypical women’s roles of their time. Her novel Changes, won the 1992 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book (Africa). She is also an accomplished poet, and has written several children’s books. » (Wikipedia)


Works represented

Changes: a Love Story (novel), 1991