Monday, 23 September 2013

In memory of Kofi Awoonor

Kofi Awoonor (1935- 2013) Ghanaian academic, theatre manager, politician, poet and story teller died on Saturday in Nairobi. He was due to perform at the Storymoja Hay Festival later that day. Awoonor, who first published in the 60s, suffered imprisonment in the 70s on treason charges but overcame to serve his country as an ambassador and renowned poet.

...We shall die on the battlefield
We shall like death at no other place,
Our guns shall die with us
And our sharp knives shall perish with us
We shall die on the battlefield.
(extract from the Song of War)

A writer, politician and traditionalist with great wit, sense of humour and very well-spoken. He will be sorely missed. John Mahama

You can find out more about Awoonor here

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