Kofi Anyidoho

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Kofi Anyidoho
Nationality Ghanaian
Education University of Texas

Kofi Anyidoho (born 1947) is a Ghanaian poet and academic who comes from a family tradition of Ewe poets and oral artists.[1] He is currently Professor of Literature at the University of Ghana.[2]

He has received numerous awards for his poetry, including the Valco Fund Literary Award, the Langston Hughes Prize, the BBC Arts and Africa Poetry Award, the Fania Kruger Fellowship for Poetry of Social Vision, Poet of the Year (Ghana), and the Ghana Book Award.

Biography[edit]

Anyidoho was educated in Ghana and the USA, and holds a B.A. Honours degree in English & Linguistics from the University of Ghana-Legon, an M.A. in Folklore from Indiana University-Bloomington and gained his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin.[2]

Having trained as a teacher at Accra Training College and at the Advanced Teacher Training College-Winneba, he taught primary, middle and secondary school, before joining the University of Ghana-Legon. Currently Professor of Literature in the English Department, he has also been Director of the CODESRIA African Humanities Institute Program, acting Director of the School of Performing Arts and Head of the English Department.[2] He was installed as the first occupant of the Kwame Nkrumah Chair in African Studies at the University of Ghana on 18 March 2010.[3][1]

Poetry[edit]

  • Elegy for the Revolution (1978)
  • A Harvest of Our Dreams (1985), Heinemann (paperback 1998), ISBN 0-435-90261-X
  • Earthchild (1985), Woeli Publishing, ISBN 9964-970-72-2
  • Ancestral Logic and Caribbean Blues (1992), Africa World Press, ISBN 0-86543-265-1
  • Praise Song for the Land: Poems of Hope & Love & Care (2002)
  • The Place We Call Home and Other Poems (2011)

Writing[edit]

Anyidoho's academic writing includes:

  • The Pan African Ideal in Literatures of the Black World, Accra: Ghana Universities Press, 1989
  • Transcending Boundaries: the diaspora experience in African heritage literatures, Evanston: Northwestern University, 1995
  • The Word Behind Bars and the Paradox of Exile, Northwestern University Press (1997), ISBN 0-8101-1393-7
  • Kofi Anyidoho and James Gibbs (ed.), Fontomfrom. Contemporary Ghanaian Literature, Theatre and Film, Editions Rodopi B.V. (2000), ISBN 90-420-1273-0

Sources[edit]

  • Simon Gikandi, Encyclopedia of African Literature, Routledge (2002), p. 24, ISBN 0-415-23019-5.
  • Dominic Head, The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, Cambridge University Press (2006), p. 35, ISBN 0-521-83179-2.
  • "Poetry Africa Festival", Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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