Writers Famous Authors from Ghana

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List of the most popular authors from Ghana, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Ghanaian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Ghanaian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List includes Akosua Busia, Joe Coleman de Graft, more.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Ghana?" and "Who are the best Ghanaian authors?"

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William Boyd is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Brazzaville Beach, Waiting for Sunrise, An Ice-Cream War William Boyd, CBE is a British novelist and screenwriter.

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W.E.B. Du Bois is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
The Souls of Black Folk, James Weldon Johnson, Black Reconstruction William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, ...more

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Kwame Nkrumah is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Selected speeches, I Speak of Freedom, Africa must unite Kwame Nkrumah, P.C. was the leader of Ghana and its predecessor state, the Gold Coast, from 1951 to 1966. He became the first Prime Minister of the Gold Coast in 1951, and led it to independence ...more

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Akosua Busia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
The seasons of Beento Blackbird Akosua Gyamama Busia is a Ghanaian actress, film director and songwriter who lives in the U.K.

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Kofi Awoonor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
The African predicament, The house by the sea, Ride me Kofi Awoonor was a Ghanaian poet and author whose work combined the poetic traditions of his native Ewe people and contemporary and religious symbolism to depict Africa during decolonization. He ...more

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Kwame Anthony Appiah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Experiments in Ethics, In my Father's house: Africa in the philosophy of culture, Avenging angel Kwame Anthony Appiah is a British philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual ...more

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Meshack Asare is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Chipo and the bird on the hill, Sosu's call, Llamada de Sosu Meshack Asare is a popular African children's author. He was born in Ghana and currently resides in Degenfeld, Germany. On 15 July 2014, he was announced as a finalist for the prestigious ...more

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Ama Ata Aidoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Changes: A Love Story, No sweetness here and other stories, An angry letter in January and other poems Professor Ama Ata Aidoo, née Christina Ama Aidoo is a Ghanaian author, poet, playwright and academic. She was also a Minister of Education in Ghana under the Jerry Rawlings ...more

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Joe Coleman de Graft is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Sons and daughters Joseph Coleman de Graft, known as Joe de Graft, was a prominent Ghanaian writer, playwright and dramatist, who was appointed the first director of the Ghana Drama Studio in 1962.

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J. E. Casely Hayford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Writings of Ekra-Agiman (J. E. Casely Hayford), Ethiopia unbound, West African leadership Joseph Ephraim Casely Hayford, MBE, or Ekra-Agiman was a Ghanaian journalist, editor, author, lawyer, educator, and politician who supported pan-African nationalism.

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Peter Ala Adjetey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Reflections on the effectiveness of the Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana Peter Ala Adjetey was the Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana from 2001 to 2005.

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Kofi Anyidoho is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Kofi Anyidoho Oral poetics and traditions of verbal art in Africa, A harvest of our dreams, Praise Song for the Land Kofi Anyidoho is a Ghanaian poet and academic who comes from a family tradition of Ewe poets and oral artists. He is currently Professor of Literature at the University of Ghana. He has received ...more

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Ayi Kwei Armah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Osiris Rising, Two thousand seasons, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born Ayi Kwei Armah is a Ghanaian writer.

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Tawia Modibo Ocran is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Law in aid of development Professor Justice Tawia Modibo Ocran was an academic and a Supreme Court Judge in Ghana.

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William Ofori Atta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Ghana, a nation in crisis, The vision of an independent state of Ghana Nana William Ofori Atta, popularly called "Paa Willie", was a founding member of the United Gold Coast Convention and was one of "The Big Six" detained by the British ...more

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Aaron Mike Oquaye is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Politics in Ghana, 1982-1992, Politics in Ghana Aaron Mike Oquaye is a Ghanaian politician who served as the Second Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana between 2009 and 2013. A member of the New Patriotic Party, he was the Member of ...more

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Amma Darko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Faceless, The housemaid, Beyond the Horizon Amma Darko is an African novelist. She was born in Koforidua, Ghana, and grew up in Accra. She studied in Kumasi, where she received her diploma in 1980. Then she worked for the Science and ...more

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Emmanuel Erskine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Peace-keeping techniques for Africa's conflict management Lieutenant General Emmanuel Alexander Erskine is a retired Ghanaian soldier and politician. He is a former Chief of Army Staff of the Ghana army. He is also a former commander of the United ...more

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Charles Wereko-Brobby is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
The 4th Republic of Ghana will last for a hundred years, From Berlin to Paris Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobby is an engineer, politician, diplomat and businessman in Ghana. He was once the Chief Executive of Ghana's Volta River Authority, then the country's major power ...more

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Kodwo Eshun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Kodwo Eshun More brilliant than the sun Kodwo Eshun is a British-Ghanaian writer, theorist and filmmaker. He studied English Literature at University College, Oxford University, and Romanticism and Modernism MA Hons at Southampton ...more

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Kwadwo Afari-Gyan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Kwadwo Afari-Gyan Understanding politics, The Ghanaian constitution Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, is the chair of the Electoral Commission of Ghana. He is a Ghanaian academic, political scientist and an Election Administrator.

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Mohammed Naseehu Ali is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
The Prophet of Zongo Street Mohammed Naseehu Ali is an author, originally from Ghana. He is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Bennington College. His first book, a collection of short stories titled The Prophet of ...more

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Albert Kwesi Ocran is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
A myth is broken, Politics of the sword Lieutenant General Albert Kwesi Ocran is a soldier and politician. He was a member of the Presidential Commission of Ghana between 1969 and 1970. He is a former Chief of the Defence Staff of the ...more

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Obed Asamoah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
The legal significance of the declarations of the general assembly of the United Nations Dr. Obed Yao Asamoah is a politician from Ghana. Asamoah is the longest serving foreign minister and Attorney General of Ghana under Jerry Rawlings from 1981 to 1997. Asamoah was educated at ...more

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Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang Where there is no silence Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang is the current Minister for Education in Ghana. She was appointed in 2013 by President John Mahama after the 2012 Ghanaian general election. She is a member of the ...more

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Raphael Armattoe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Raphael Armattoe Raphael Ernest Grail Armattoe was a Ghanaian doctor, author, poet and politician. He was nominated for the 1949 Nobel Peace Prize and was a campaigner for unification of British and French ...more

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John Mensah Sarbah is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
John Mensah Sarbah Fanti customary laws John Mensah Sarbah was a lawyer and political leader in the Gold Coast.

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Nii Parkes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
NW15, eyes of a boy, lips of a man Nii Ayikwei Parkes born in the UK to parents from Ghana, where he was raised, is a performance poet, writer and sociocultural commentator. He is one of 39 writers aged under 40 from sub-Saharan ...more

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Quobna Ottobah Cugoano is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Quobna Ottobah Cugoano Ottobah Cugoano, also known as John Stuart, was an African abolitionist and natural rights philosopher from Ghana who was active in England in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Captured ...more

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Bediako Asare is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Bediako Asare Rebel, The stubborn Bediako Asare is an African journalist and author, initially from Ghana. He began his career working on local newspapers, then relocated to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to help launch The ...more

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Ato Sekyi-Otu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Fanon's dialectic of experience Ato Sekyi-Otu is a Ghanaian post-colonial intellectual. Sekyi-Otu has worked at the York University in Canada for many years. He is best known for his work on Frantz Fanon and Ayi Kwei Armah. In ...more

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John K. Tettegah is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
The unfinished African revolution

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Frank Kobina Parkes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Frank Kobina Parkes Frank Kobina Parkes was a Ghanaian journalist, broadcaster and poet. He was the author of one book, Songs from the Wilderness, but is widely anthologised and is perhaps best known for his poem ...more

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Charles Odamtten Easmon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Ghana
Charles Odamtten Easmon Charles Odamtten Easmon or C. O. Easmon, popularly known as Charlie Easmon, FRCS, FICS was a Ghanaian doctor of Sierra Leone Creole, African American, Danish, and Irish descent. Easmon was the ...more