Famous Ghanaian Writers

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W. E. B. Du Bois
(Civil Rights Activists)
W. E. B. Du Bois
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Birthdate: February 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 27, 1963

W. E. B. Du Bois was an American civil rights activist, sociologist, and Pan-Africanist. Du Bois played an instrumental role in fighting for full civil rights for people of color around the world. A co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Du Bois also played an important role as the leader of the Niagara Movement.

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William Boyd
(Novelist)
William Boyd
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Birthdate: March 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Accra, Gold Coast (British colony) Gold Coast
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Yaa Gyasi
(Novelist)
Yaa Gyasi
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Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: Mampong, Ghana
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Ama Ata Aidoo
(Author)
Ama Ata Aidoo
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Birthdate: March 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saltpond, Ghana
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Shirley Graham Du Bois
(Author)
Shirley Graham Du Bois
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Birthdate: November 11, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: March 27, 1977
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Ayi Kwei Armah
(Writer)
Ayi Kwei Armah
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Birthdate: October 28, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Takoradi, Ghana
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Efua Sutherland
(Playwright)
Efua Sutherland
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Birthdate: June 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cape Coast, Ghana
Died: January 2, 1996
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Margaret Busby
(Ghanaian-born British Writer Who Became the First Black Female and Britain's Youngest Publisher)
Margaret Busby
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Birthdate: October 11, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

Margaret Busby is a Ghanaian-born British writer, editor, publisher, and broadcaster. In the 1960s, Busby became the first black female and Britain's youngest book publisher when she co-founded Allison and Busby, a London-based publishing house. In 2020, she featured in the 100 Great Black Britons list. In 2021, Margaret Busby won the prestigious London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Kofi Awoonor
(Poet)
Kofi Awoonor
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Birthdate: March 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Weta, Ghana
Died: September 21, 2013
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Abena Busia
(Writer)
Abena Busia
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Birthdate: 1953 AD
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
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Lesley Lokko
(Architect)
Lesley Lokko
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Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland

Born to a Scottish mother and a Ghanaian father, Lesley Lokko grew up to be not just an architect but also an educator and an author. Her written works deal with themes such as politics, urbanism, and racial identity. After her debut novel, Sundowners, became a bestseller, she penned several other novels.

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Kwesi Prah
(Author of books and articles that discuss African emancipation, Pan-Africanism, race, oppression, and politics)
Kwesi Prah
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Birthdate: 1942 AD
Birthplace: Ghana
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Francis Selormey
(Novelist)
Francis Selormey
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Birthdate: April 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ghana
Died: 1983 AD
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Frank Kobina Parkes
(Ghanaian Journalist, Broadcaster and Poet Who Was a Pioneer of the N├ęgritude Movement)
Frank Kobina Parkes
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Birthdate: March 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Korle Bu, Ghana
Died: May 23, 2004

Popular Ghanaian broadcaster and journalist Frank Kobina Parkes was also a talented poet, known for his book Songs from the Wilderness. He was also one of the pillars of the négritude intellectual and literary movement in Africa. The poem African Heaven remains to be his best-known work.

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Efemia Chela
(Writer)
Efemia Chela
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Birthdate: 1991 AD
Birthplace: Zambia