AfricaNewsPeopleAma Ata Aidoo, Ghana’s famous author, dies at 81

Ghanaian Ama Ata Aidoo, one of Africa’s most celebrated authors and playwrights has died.

According to BBC reports, the famous author was aged 81.

A statement by her family said, “Our beloved relative and writer” passed away after a short illness, requesting privacy to allow them to grieve.

A renowned feminist, Aidoo honoured and illustrated the plight of African women in works like Changes, Our Sister Killjoy, and The Dilemma of a Ghost.

She resisted the “Western stereotype that the African woman is a downtrodden wretch.”

She also served as Education Minister in the early 1980s but resigned when she could not make education free.

Ata Aidoo, a professor at a university, received numerous literary honours, including the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Changes, a love story about a statistician who marries into a polygamous union after divorcing her first spouse.

Her work, including plays like Anowa, has been read in schools across West Africa, along with works of other great writers like Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe.

By Uzoamaka Ikezue (Staff Reporter)
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