<b>Ama Ata Aidoo</b> was born in 1940 in Saltpond, Ghana and is a celebrated author, poet, playwright, and academic. As one of Africa's leading feminist writers, she obtained a B.A. degree in English at the University of Ghana and has taught at universities in Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, and North America.
In 2000, she established the Mbaasem Foundation to promote and support the work of African women writers and in 2017, a new centre for creative writing – the first of its kind in West Africa – was named in her honour.
Aidoo has received several awards including the Nelson Mandela Prize in 1987 for her collection of poetry, <i>Someone talking to Sometime</i> (1985) and the 1992 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Africa) for her novel <i>Changes</i> (1991).