Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo To Be Interred Mid-July

The bereaved family of prominent playwright writer Professor Ama Ata Aidoo have disclosed that she will be laid to rest in mid-July.

Final funeral rites are planned to commence from Thursday, July 13 to Sunday, July 16.

This was disclosed on Wednesday, June 14 when the bereaved family called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the seat of government to notify him about burial arrangements.

“I am happy that the arrangements you have made for her funeral will allow me to attend the laying-in-state,” President Akufo-Addo mentioned.

He told that the state will help in the funeral rite.

“Even before you came here, I had decided that she should be given a state-assisted burial. She deserves it, and it will allow me and the people of Ghana to pay our last respects.”

The vociferous Pan-Africanist passed away on Wednesday, May 31 after a short ailment.

She played a pivotal role in Ghanaian folklore through the manner of her literary works.

Birthed as Christina Ama Ata Aidoo on March 23, 1942, in Abeadzi Kyiakor, near Saltpond, in Ghana’s Central Region, she was an astute author who made a deep influence on generations of African women authors.

During her career and times, Professor Aidoo authored award-winning books, plays, short stories, children’s readers, and poetry that apprehended the significance of African life, culture, and the struggles confronted by females.

Her seasoned literary works brought African perspectives to the forefront, challenging existing narratives and reshaping the literary landscape.

Among some of her novels are The Dilemma of a Ghost, Our Sister Killjoy and Changes. She once administered as Ghana’s Minister of Education.

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