Search - List of Books by Ama Ata Aidoo

"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." -- Ama Ata Aidoo
Professor Ama Ata Aidoo (born March 23, 1942) is a Ghanaian author and playwright who was born Christina Ama Aidoo in Saltpond. She grew up in a Fante royal household and was sent by her father to the Wesley Girls' High School in Cape Coast from 1961 to 1964. It was the headmistress of Wesley Girls who bought her her first typewriter. After leaving high school, she enrolled at the University of Ghana in Legon and received her bachelor of arts in English as well as writing her first play, The Dilemma of a Ghost, in 1964. The play was published by Longman the following year.

She worked in the United States of America where she held a fellowship in creative writing at Stanford University. She also served as a research fellow at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, and as a Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast.

Aidoo's works of fiction particularly deal with the tension between Western and African world views. Many of her protagonists are women who defy the stereotypical women's roles of their time.

She is also an accomplished poet and has written several children's books. Her novel, Changes, won the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Africa), and Aidoo held the position of Lecturer in English at the University of Cape Coast, where through hard work, commitment and dedication to her academic and research duties, she eventually rose to the position of Professor.

Aside from her literary career, Aidoo was appointed Minister of Education under the Rawlings government in 1982. She resigned after 18 months. She has also spent a great deal of time teaching and living abroad for months at a time. She has resided in America, Britain, Germany, and Zimbabwe. Currently she is a Visiting Professor in the Africana Studies Department at Brown University.

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Total Books: 30
After the Ceremonies New and Selected Poems
2017 - After the Ceremonies New and Selected Poems [African Poetry Book] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780803296947
ISBN-10: 0803296940
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Diplomatic Pounds  Other Stories
2011 - Diplomatic Pounds Other Stories [Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780956240194
ISBN-10: 0956240194
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Girl Who Can
2003 - The Girl Who Can [African Writers Series] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780435910136
ISBN-10: 0435910132
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Girl Who Can and Other Stories
1999 - The Girl Who Can and Other Stories (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789988550110
ISBN-10: 9988550111
Genre: Literature & Fiction

No Sweetness Here and Other Stories
1995 - No Sweetness Here and Other Stories (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781558611191
ISBN-10: 1558611193
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Dilemma of a Ghost / Anowa
1995 - Dilemma of a Ghost / Anowa (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582276024
ISBN-10: 0582276020
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

No Sweetness Here
1995 - No Sweetness Here [African Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582264564
ISBN-10: 0582264561

Changes  A Love Story
1993 - Changes a Love Story (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781558610644
ISBN-10: 1558610642
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Changes A Love Story
1993 - Changes a Love Story (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781558610651
ISBN-10: 1558610650
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

Angry Letter in January
1992 - Angry Letter in January (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781871049275
ISBN-10: 187104927X

Dilemma of a Ghost/Anowa
1987 - Dilemma of a Ghost/anowa [Longman African Classics Series] (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780582002449
ISBN-10: 0582002443
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction

Wayward Girls and Wicked Women
1986 - Wayward Girls and Wicked Women (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780860685791
ISBN-10: 0860685799
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Dilemma of a Ghost
1980 - Dilemma of a Ghost [Drumbeats] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780582785298
ISBN-10: 0582785294

1970 - Anowa (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780582640313
ISBN-10: 0582640318
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction

Our Sister Killjoy
Our Sister Killjoy [Drumbeats S] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780582642737
ISBN-10: 0582642736

Someone talking to sometime
Someone Talking to Sometime [Modern writers] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780869255780
ISBN-10: 0869255789

Changes [Women's Press fiction] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781779000668
ISBN-10: 1779000669