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Professor Kofi Awoonor has died | 23-Sep-13

Ghanian poet Kofi Awoonor has died at the age of 78. He was among the victims of the attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. He was due to speak on September 21st, the evening of the attack, at the Storymoja Cultural Festival in Nairobi. The festival has subsequently been cancelled.

Awoonor was born in Ghana in 1935. His early poetry collections were greatly influenced by the dirge singing and oral poetry of his native Ewe tribe, whereas his later works covered the impact of colonialism in Africa. The Poetry Library holds his collections Ride me, memory and Until the morning after: selected poems 1963-85, as well as anthologies of West African poetry which feature his work.

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