Best of the internets: The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo

By Vanguard Reporter

Filmmaker Yaba Badoe has recently released his film on the life of Professor Ama Ata Aidoo, considered one of the pioneering voices in African feminist writing.

Ghanaian author, poet, playwright and academic, and former Minister of Education in the Ghana government, Ama Ata Aidoo, is towering figure in African literature who has lived in Britain, Germany, the USA and Zimbabwe. Like many writers of her generation, her work negotiates the tension between Western and African world views, and beyond that, her works are decidedly feminist with female protagonists who defy the stereotypical women’s roles of their time.

In 1977 she published her first novel, Our Sister Killijoy’ and is one of her most popular books. Other works include Changes which won the 1992 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book (Africa), a poetry collection titled Someone Talking to Sometime which won the Nelson Mandela Prize for Poetry in 1987 and several children’s books.

The woman behind the film on Aidoo’s life is Yaba Badoe an award-winning documentary film maker and writer who has made several arts and culture based documentaries including a one hour documentary about the life and work of Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison.  Her latest film, The Witches of Gambaga (Fadoa Films, 2010), won the 2010 Best Documentary Award at the Black International Film Festival and 2nd Prize, Documentaries at FESPACO 2011.

See the teaser to the documentary on her life produced by Yaba Badoe below:

The Art of Ama Aidoo – documentary teaser


See more on Ama Ata Aidoo’s views on feminism in Africa here:



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