Kofi Awoonor in conversation with Hein Willemse

  • Kofi Awoonor
  • Hein Willemse


Kofi Awoonor in conversation with Hein Willemse [English]

[First paragraph] Kofi Awoonor was born on 13 March 1935 in the rural town of Wheta, Ghana. He completed degrees at the Universities of Ghana and London and gained his Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1972. Prior to furthering his studies in England he worked as a research fellow as the University of Ghana's Institute of African Studies, and later became the managing director of the Ghana Film Corporation. After the completion of his studies he became chairperson of the Comparative Literature Programme at Stony Brook. He also taught at the University of Texas at Austin, and returned to Ghana in 1975 to teach at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana's third university. Shortly after his return, he was imprisoned by the Acheampong military regime and released in 1976. From the early 1980s to the early 90s, he held a number of ambassadorial postings in Latin America and the United Nations. As Artist-in-Residence he is still attached to the English Department, University of Ghana.

Tydskrif vir letterkunde Vol. 41(2) 2004: 186-197

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