Amu Djoleto

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Solomon Alexander Amu Djoleto (born 22 July 1929) is a Ghanaian writer and educator.[1]


Amu Djoleto was born at Manyakpogunor, Manya Krobo, Ghana, the son of Frederick Badu, a Presbyterian minister, and Victoria Shome Tetteh, "a modest trader".[1] He was educated at Accra Academy and St. Augustine's College, Cape Coast before reading English at the University of Ghana. He joined Ghana's Ministry of Education in the 1960s as a teacher and education officer. After studying textbook production at the Institute of Education, University of London, he returned to Ghana to edit the Ghana Teachers' Journal.[2] At one point heading the Ministry of Education's publishing programme, he has continued to work for the Ministry of Education.[3]

Djoleto contributed to the poetry anthologies Voices of Ghana (1958) and Messages (1970), and his poems were collected in Amid the Swelling Act.[2] He is best known for his novels, the first of which was The Strange Man (1967).



  • The Strange Man, London, Heinemann, 1967. African Writers Series, no. 41.
  • Money Galore, London [etc.]: Heinemann, 1975. African Writers Series, no. 160.
  • Hurricane of Dust, 1987


  • Amid the Swelling Act, 1992

Children's books[edit]

  • Obodai Sai, 1990
  • Twins in Trouble, 1991
  • The Frightened Thief, 1992
  • The Girl who Knows about Cars, 1996
  • Kofi Loses his Way, 1996
  • Akos and the Fire Ghost, 1998


  • English practice for the African student, 1967
  • (ed. with T. H. S. Kwami) West African Prose, Heinemann Educational Books, 1972.
  • The Ghana Book Development Council: aims and objectives, 1976
  • Books and reading in Ghana, 1985


  1. ^ a b Sharon Malinowski, ed. (1994). Black Writers: A Selection of Sketches from Contemporary Authors. Cengage Gale. p. 194. ISBN 978-0-8103-7788-2. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b G. D. Killam, Alicia L. Kerfoot, ed. (2008). Student Encyclopedia of African Literature. ABC-CLIO. pp. 109–110. ISBN 978-0-313-33580-8. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  3. ^ S. A. Amu Djoleto (1968). The Strange Man. Heinemann. p. 286. ISBN 978-0-435-90041-0. Retrieved 18 November 2012.