Awoonor, Kofi

About Kofi Awoonor

Biography (Encyclopædia Brittanica)

Biography (GhanaWeb)

Obituary (The Conversation)

Obituary (Ghana Business News)

Anyidoho, Kofi. “Kofi Awoonor: In Retrospect.” Politics and Social Justice: African Literature Today, Emenyonu (ed.), 2014

Priebe, Richard. “Eulogy for an Artist, a Statesman, a Teacher & Friend: Kofi Awoonor.” Politics and Social Justice: African Literature Today, Emenyonu (ed.), 2014



Ajayi, Dami. “The Promise of Hope: A Review.”, 25 Mar. 2016

Agyeman-Duah, Ivor. “The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems, 1964-2013.” African & Asian Studies, vol. 14, no. 1-2, 2015

Anyidoho, Kofi. “Guardians of the Sacred Word: Ewe Poetry by Kofi Awoonor” Research in African Literatures, vol. 12, no. 3, 1981

Nazareth, Peter. “The Breast of the Earth.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 6, no. 4, 1975 (PDF)



Willemse, Hein. “Kofi Awoonor in Conversation.” Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, vol. 41, no. 2, 2004

Munro, Ian H. and Wayne Kamin. “Kofi Awoonor: Interview.” Kunapipi, vol. 1, no. 2, 1979 (PDF)

Assensoh, A. B. “Interview: Dr. Kofi Awoonor.” Afriscope, vol. 8, no. 10, 1978

Goldblatt, John. “Kofi Awoonor: An Interview.” Transition, vol. 8, no. 4, 1972



Adika, Prince Kwame. “Post-Colonial Trauma & the Poetics of Remembering in the Novels of Kofi Awoonor.” Politics and Social Justice: African Literature Today, Emenyonu (ed.), 2014

Adjei, Mawuli. “Looking Death in the Eye: The Human Condition, Morbidity & Mortality in Kofi Awoonor’s Poetry.” Politics and Social Justice: African Literature Today, Emenyonu (ed.), 2014

Lindfors, Bernth, and Geoffrey V. Davis (eds.). African Literatures and Beyond: A Florilegium, 2013

Ryan, Connor. “Regimes of Waste: Aesthetics, Politics, and Waste from Kofi Awoonor and Ayi Kwei Armah to Chimamanda Adichie and Zeze Gamboa.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 44, no. 4, 2013

Adjei, Mawuli. “Trans-Atlantic Memories: The Black Diaspora in the Poetry of Kofi Anyidoho and Kofi Awoonor.” Africa and Trans-Atlantic Memories: Literary and Aesthetic Manifestations of Diaspora and History, Opoku-Agyemang et al. (eds.), 2008

Secovnie, Kelly O. “Ama Ata Aidoo and Kofi Awoonor: Pan-Africanism Reconstructed.” Obsidian, vol. 8, no. 2, 2007

McKoy, Sheila Smith. “This Unity of Spilt Blood': Tracing Remnant Consciousness in Kofi Awoonor's Comes the Voyager at Last.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 33, no. 2, 2002

Okoampa-Ahoofe, Kwame, Jr. “Kofi Awoonor: 'Tribal' Neo-Oralist.” The Nassau Review, vol. 8, no. 1, 2001

Coussy, Denise. “Kofi Awoonor, 'une version poétique du monde'.” Notre Librairie, vol. 141, 2000

Ayivor, Kwame. “Individualism Versus Traditionalism in Four African Novels: Noni Jabavu, Es'kia Mphahlele, Ferdinand Oyono and Kofi Awoonor.” Pretexts, vol. 8, no. 1, 1999

Ker, David I. The African Novel and the Modernist Tradition, 1998

Maduakor, Obi. “Kofi Awoonor as Critic.” Critical Theory and African Literature Today, Currey (ed.), 1994




Comes the Voyager at Last: A Tale of Return to Africa (1992)

This Earth, My Brother: An Allegorical Tale of Africa (1971)


Poetry Collections

As editor with Kofi Anyidoho: The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems (2014)

Latin American and Caribbean Notebook (1992)

Until the Morning After: Selected Poems 1963-85 (1987)

As editor with G. Adali-Mortty : Messages: Poems from Ghana (1979)

The House by the Sea (1978)

As editor: Guardians of the Sacred Word : Ewe Poetry (1974)

Night of my Blood (1971)

Rediscovery and Other Poems (1964)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

The African Predicament: Collected Essays (2006)

Africa, the Marginalized Continent (1994)

Ghana: A Political History from Pre-European to Modern Times (1990)

A Study of the Influences of Oral Literature on the Contemporary Literature of Africa (1982)

Come Back, Ghana : A Brief Political Analysis of Ghana's Current Problems and Suggestions on how They can be Solved (1976?)

The Breast of the Earth: A Survey of the History, Culture, and Literature of Africa South of the Sahara (1975)

As editor with Cosmo Pieterse et al.: Short African Plays (1972)


Audio/Audiovisual Material

Kwame Dawes: Death of Kofi Awoonor in Nairobi Attack Is 'Great Loss'. YouTube, 26 Sep. 2013

Kwame Dawes  Reads "The Weaver Bird" by Kofi Awoonor. YouTube, 25 Sep. 2013

Kofi Awoonor Reads one of his Poems about Love, Death and Evil for the BBC in 1978. BBC, 23 Sep. 2013

Kofi Awoonor: Songs of the Village (1978)