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Ghanaian writer Professor Ama Ata Aidoo dies, aged 81

By: Henrietta Afful

Ghanaian author, poet, playwright and academic, Professor Ama Ata Aidoo is dead. The family of the renowned author announced her passing through a Statement issued today, May 31, 2023.

She died on Wednesday morning (May 31, 2023) at the age of 81 after a short illness.

Ama Ata Aidoo

“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.

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

As one of Africa’s most-celebrated authors and playwrights, Professor Ama Ata Aidoo won many literary awards including the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize for her book ‘Changes’.

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