Ghanaian writer, Pan-African feminist, poet, playwright and novelist.
One of Africa's foremost woman writers, a trailblazer for an entire generation of exciting new talent. Ama Ata Aidoo's creative journey in a life spans 7 decades from colonial Ghana through the tumultuous era of independence to a more sober present day Africa where nurturing women's creative talent remains as hard as ever.
The publication of The Dilemma of a Ghost in 1965 at the age of 25 made Aidoo the first published African woman playwright. In Anowa (1970), she demonstrated her courage by addressing slavery, a very sensitive topic even today in Ghana. Her most recent work is Diplomatic Pounds and Other Stories (Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd.).
Directed by Ghana's Yaba Badoe, exec. produced by Amina Mama, The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo (2014, documentary, 78min), celebrates an acclaimed and provides a fascinating insight into her life and celebrates one woman's contribution to Africa's Renaissance. With contributions from Carole Boyce Davies, Nana Wilson-Tagoe and Vincent Odamtten.
Over the course of a year the film follows Aidoo as she returns home to her ancestral village in the Central Region of Ghana, launches her latest collection of short stories in Accra, and travels to the University of California, Santa Barbara to attend the premier of her seminal play about the slave trade, Anowa.