Aidoo, Ama Ata


Aidoo, Ama Ata

▪ Ghanaian writer
in full  Christina Ama Ata Aidoo  
born March 23, 1942, Abeadzi Kyiakor, near Saltpond, Gold Coast [now Ghana]

      Ghanaian writer whose work, written in English, emphasized the paradoxical position of the modern African woman.

      Aidoo began to write seriously while an honours student at the University of Ghana (B.A., 1964). She won early recognition with a problem play, The Dilemma of a Ghost (1965), in which a Ghanaian student returning home brings his African-American wife into the traditional culture and the extended family that he now finds restrictive. Their dilemma reflects Aidoo's characteristic concern with the “been-to” (African educated abroad), voiced again in her semiautobiographical experimental first novel, Our Sister Killjoy; or, Reflections from a Black-Eyed Squint (1966). Aidoo herself won a fellowship to Stanford University in California, returned to teach at Cape Coast, Ghana, and subsequently accepted various visiting professorships in the United States and Kenya.

      In No Sweetness Here (1970), a collection of short stories, Aidoo exercised the oral element of storytelling, writing tales that are meant to be read aloud. These stories and Anowa (1970), another problem play, are concerned with Western influences on the role of women and on the individual in a communal society. Aidoo rejected the argument that Western education emancipates African women. She further exposed exploitation of women who, as unacknowledged heads of households when war or unemployment leaves them husbandless, must support their children alone. Aidoo published little between 1970 and 1985, when Someone Talking to Sometime, a collection of poetry, appeared. Later titles include The Eagle and the Chickens (1986; a collection of children's stories), Birds and Other Poems (1987), and the novel Changes: A Love Story (1991).

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