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Ama Ata Aidoo

  • Ghanaian author
  • Born March 23, 1942

Ama Ata Aidoo, née Christina Ama Aidoo (born 23 March 1942) is a Ghanaian author, poet, playwright and academic. She was the Minister of Education under the Jerry Rawlings administration. In 2000, she established the Mbaasem Foundation to promote and support the work of African women writers. Some other sources by Megan Behrent Brown University and Africa Who's Who 3rd edition stated that she was born on the 31st of March, 1940.


Africa is not fulfilling people's hopes and aspirations. African leaders have not had an agenda that included governing Africa so that people would find their careers, their life, dreams and visions fulfilled here.




For us Africans, literature must serve a purpose: to expose, embarrass, and fight corruption and authoritarianism. It is understandable why the African artist is utilitarian.




At the age of 15, a teacher had asked me what I wanted to do for a career, and without knowing why or even how I replied that I wanted to be a poet.




Politicians are easy to attack, but frankly, we are all guilty of not meeting the needs of Africa's young people properly.




People are worms, and even the God who created them is immensely bored with their antics.




It's a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children.




Because I am an African, I am a Ghanaian.




They had always told me that I wrote like a man.



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