May 20, 2024

Akorfa Edjeani, a seasoned Ghanaian actress and director, has fervently argued for the inclusion of works by the late Professor Ama Ata Aidoo and other African authors in the required reading list for basic schools.

Edjeani thinks that while reading broadens horizons and enhances lives, it shouldn’t be restricted to optional classes or reading groups.

In an interview with Johnnie Hughes on 3FM Community Connect, Edjeani stressed the value of upholding Aidoo’s legacy and encouraged kids to read Ghanaian literature at a young age.

Concerned about Ama Ata Aidoo, a renowned Ghanaian author, receiving insufficient exposure, Akorfa Edjeani called for a change.

She thinks that the first level should be the introduction to Aidoo’s books as well as other African and Ghanaian literary works.

Professor Ama Ata Aidoo, a well-known Ghanaian author, poet, playwright, and academic who made substantial literary achievements and served as Ghana’s education minister in the early 1980s, recently passed away, prompting Edjeani to issue a call for action.

Edjeani complimented Aidoo’s capacity to write in straightforward language about subjects that are familiar to regular people.

“To maintain Ghanaian culture, Aidoo’s writing style intentionally combines Fante language phrases and translates them into English”, she added.

Edjeani praised Ama Ata Aidoo for her unwavering love and respect for culture, which is apparent in her literary works, and for preserving Ghanaian culture while empowering women.

The way Aidoo depicts Ghanaian customs and culture in her work shows how dedicated she is to protecting the country’s history.

Edjeani also praised Aidoo’s contribution to smashing the glass ceiling and empowering women.

“ For women today, Aidoo’s audacity and expressiveness from more than 60 years ago serve as an example of their power and potential” she hailed.

Edjeani underlined the necessity for a strategic strategy and that making Ghanaian literature required reading in primary schools should be a team effort.

She emphasized how crucial it is for the nation to understand the importance of including African authors like Ama Ata Aidoo in the educational system in order to enrich students’ lives and extend their viewpoints.