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Renowned author Ama Ata Aidoo is dead

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Celebrated Ghanaian author, poet, playwright, educationist and public servant Ama Ata Aidoo has died after a short illness.

She was 81 years old.

The family announced the legendary writer passed away in the wee hours of today, Wednesday, May 31, 2023.

“The Family of PROF. AMA ATA AIDOO with deep sorrow but in the hope of the resurrection, informs the general public that our beloved relative and writer passed away in the early hours of this morning Wednesday 31st May 2023, after a short illness,” the family said in a statement available to

“Funeral arrangements would be announced in due course. The Family requests privacy at this difficult moment,” Family head Kwamena Essandoh Aidoo announced.

Prof. Ata Aidoo has published award-winning novels, plays, short stories, children’s books, poetry, and influenced generations of African women writers.

The Fante native was born on 23rd March, 1942 in Abeadzi Kyiakor, near Saltpond, in the Central Region of Ghana.

She had a twin brother, Kwame Ata.

With a career spanning more than five decades, she received international recognition as one of the most prominent African writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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