Prof. Kofi Awoonor was born in Ghana on March, 1935.  He was a poet and author whose work combined the poetic traditions of his native Ewe people. He was a Prof. of African Literature at the University of Ghana. While at the University of Ghana he wrote his first book, Rediscovery, based on African Oral Poetry.  He founded the Ghana Film Corporation and the Ghana Play House.  He was Ghana’s Ambassador to the United Nations, where he headed the committee against apartheid. He was the former Chairman of the Council of State in Ghana.   Some of his works are-  Rediscovery and other Poems (1964), Night of my blood (1971), The house by the sea (1978), This earth, my brother (1971),  Comes the voyager at last (1992).   We empathize with Prof Awoonor family, Africans,  and all Poets for this great loss.

We mourn also the death of over 59 others who were killed during an attack on the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi on  the 21st September, 2013,(on a peace day!) in Kenya by Somali militant group Al-Shabab.         MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN PEACE IJN.



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  1. My sinceres condolences to his family, to Ghana and to all African Poets and others who were killed during the attack on the Shopping Mall of Nairobi.

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