Kofi Awoonor





Kofi Awoonor


Born
in Wheta, Ghana
March 13, 1935

Died
September 21, 2013

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Kofi Awoonor was a Ghanaian poet and author whose work combined the poetic traditions of his native Ewe people and contemporary and religious symbolism to depict Africa during decolonization. He started writing under the name George Awoonor-Williams. Professor Kofi Awoonor was among those who were killed in the September 2013 attack at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, by the al-Shabaab militant group.

Average rating: 4.05 · 95 ratings · 9 reviews · 13 distinct works · Similar authors
This Earth, My Brother

4.13 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 1972 — 2 editions
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Until the Morning After: Co...

3.75 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1987
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Messages: Poems from Ghana

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4.30 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1971
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The Promise of Hope: New an...

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Night of My Blood

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 1971
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Guardians of the Sacred Wor...

4.40 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1974 — 2 editions
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The Breast of the Earth: A ...

4.20 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1975 — 2 editions
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The African Predicament. Co...

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Comes the Voyager at Last: ...

3.60 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1992 — 2 editions
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Ride Me, Memory

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“On the Gallows Once
Kofi Awoonor

I crossed quite a few
of your rivers, my gods,
into this plain where thirst reigns
I heard the cry of mourners
the long cooing of the African wren at dusk
the laughter of the children at dawn
had long ceased
night comes fast in our land
where indeed are the promised vistas
the open fields, blue skies, the singing birds
and abiding love?
History records acts
of heroism, barbarism
of some who had power
and abused it massively
of some whose progenitors
planned for them
the secure state of madness
from which no storm can shake them;
of some who took the last ships
disembarked on some far-off shores and forgot
of some who simply laid down the load
and went home to the ancestors”
Kofi Awoonor
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