Ama Ata Aidoo

1942 - 2023

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Ama Ata Aidoo (23 March 1942 – 31 May 2023) was a Ghanaian author, poet, playwright, politician, and academic. She was Secretary for Education in Ghana from 1982 to 1983 under Jerry Rawlings's PNDC administration. Her first play, The Dilemma of a Ghost, was published in 1965, making Aidoo the first published female African dramatist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ama Ata Aidoo has received more than 398,367 page views. Her biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Ama Ata Aidoo is the 5,119th most popular writer (up from 5,723rd in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from Ghana (up from 31st in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Ghanaian Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 400k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 47.17

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 33

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.93

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.34

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Our Sister Kill Joy or Reflections from a Black-Eyed Squint
Novela, Fiction
No sweetness here
Social life and customs, Short stories, Ghanaian (English), Fiction
Fiction, Women, Young women
The eagle and the chickens and other stories
Fiction, Social life and customs, Short stories
Our Sister Killjoy
Out of Africa with her degree and her all seeing eyes comes Sissie. She comes to Europe, to a land of towering mountains and low grey skies and tries to makes sense of it all. What is she doing here? Why aren't the natives friendly? And what will she do when she goes back home? A profound version of the theme of self discovery, this novel explores the thoughts and experiences of a Ghanaian girl on her travels in Europe. It is a highly personal exploration of the conflicts between Africa and Europe, between men and women, and between a complacent acceptance of the status quo and a passionate desire to reform a rotten world.

Page views of Ama Ata Aidoos by language

Over the past year Ama Ata Aidoo has had the most page views in the with 93,920 views, followed by German (6,955), and French (4,444). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Arabic (1,081.32%), (773.61%), and Portuguese (340.83%)


Among writers, Ama Ata Aidoo ranks 5,119 out of 7,302Before her are Takeshi Shudo, Anton Buttigieg, Dashdorjiin Natsagdorj, Stanislav Stratiev, Jonathan Stroud, and Frank Norris. After her are Juan de Mena, Inger Hagerup, Urs Widmer, Joel Chandler Harris, Abbas Sahhat, and Warren Farrell.

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Among people born in 1942, Ama Ata Aidoo ranks 487Before her are Al Matthews, Susan Anspach, Lawrence Weiner, Bernard Lietaer, Mallikarjun Kharge, and Tom Turesson. After her are Klaus Glahn, Chris Irwin, Allan Clarke, Carl Douglas, Carol Cleveland, and Michael Ogio. Among people deceased in 2023, Ama Ata Aidoo ranks 456Before her are Mikio Aoki, Phyllis Coates, Agustí Villaronga, Denys Monastyrsky, Salma Khadra Jayyusi, and Yaakov Ziv. After her are Stéphane Demol, Richard Murphy, Martin Davis, Kusuma Wardhani, Yuliya Borisova, and Superstar Billy Graham.

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In Ghana

Among people born in Ghana, Ama Ata Aidoo ranks 19 out of 162Before her are John Kufuor (1938), William Boyd (1952), Joseph Arthur Ankrah (1915), Samuel Kuffour (1976), Efua Dorkenoo (1949), and Ignatius Kutu Acheampong (1931). After her are Sulley Muntari (1984), John Mahama (1958), Asamoah Gyan (1985), El Anatsui (1944), Peter Poreku Dery (1918), and Fred Akuffo (1937).

Among WRITERS In Ghana

Among writers born in Ghana, Ama Ata Aidoo ranks 2Before her are William Boyd (1952). After her are Ayi Kwei Armah (1939), Kofi Awoonor (1935), and Amma Darko (1956).