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Famous Writers from Ghana

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List of famous writers from Ghana, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Ghana is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Ghanaian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Ghana and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

The list you're viewing has a variety of writers in it, like Charles Odamtten Easmon and Bediako Asare.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Ghanaian writers?" and "Which writers are from Ghana?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Ghana in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Ghana, but they're all of Ghana descent.
  • William Boyd1

    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Ghana

    WorksChaplin, Tune in Tomorrow, A Good Man in Africa, An Ice-Cream War, Scoop

    William Boyd (born 7 March 1952) is a Scottish novelist, short story writer and screenwriter....  more
  • W.E.B. Du Bois2

    W.E.B. Du Bois

    Dec. at 95 (1868-1963)

    BirthplaceGreat Barrington, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America, Ghana

    WorksThe Souls of Black Folk, The Wisdom of W.E.B. Du Bois, Darkwater, The illustrated Souls of Black folk, Writings

    William Edward Burghardt Du Bois ( doo-BOYSS; February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an...  more
  • Akosua Busia3



    WorksBeloved, The seasons of Beento Blackbird

    Akosua Gyamama Busia (born 30 December 1966) is a Ghanaian actress, film director, author and...  more
  • Kwame Nkrumah4

    Kwame Nkrumah

    Dec. at 63 (1909-1972)

    BirthplaceNkroful, Ghana


    WorksAfrica must unite, The struggle continues, Selected speeches, Voice from Conakry, Class struggle in Africa.

    Kwame Nkrumah PC (21 September 1909 – 27 April 1972) was a Ghanaian politician and...  more
  • Kwame Anthony Appiah5

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom, Ghana

    WorksIn my Father's house: Africa in the philosophy of culture, Experiments in Ethics, Avenging angel, Assertion and conditionals, Identity against culture

    Kwame Akroma-Ampim Kusi Anthony Appiah ( AP-ee-ah; born May 8, 1954) is a British-Ghanaian...  more
  • Michael Blackson6

    Michael Blackson

    Age: 47


    NationalityUnited States of America, Ghana

    WorksMaster P's Hood Stars of Comedy: Vol. 1

    Jafari Ferguson (born November 28, 1972), better known by his stage name Michael Blackson, is...  more
  • John Akomfrah7

    BirthplaceGhana, Accra, Africa, Accra Metropolis District

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Ghana, England

    WorksTestament, The Nine Muses

    John Akomfrah, CBE (born 4 May 1957) is a British artist, writer, film director, screenwriter,...  more
  • Meshack Asare8



    WorksChipo and the bird on the hill, Noma's Sand, Sosu's call, Children of the tree, Llamada de Sosu

    Meshack Asare (born 1945) is a popular African children's author. He was born in Ghana and...  more
  • Ama Ata Aidoo9



    WorksChanges: A Love Story, Anowa, Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa, No sweetness here and other stories, Our Sister Killjoy

    Ama Ata Aidoo, née Christina Ama Aidoo (born 23 March 1942) is a Ghanaian author, poet,...  more
  • 10

    Joe Coleman de Graft

    Dec. at 54 (1924-1978)

    BirthplaceCape Coast, Ghana


    WorksSons and daughters

    Joseph Coleman de Graft, known as Joe de Graft (2 April 1924 – 1 November 1978), was a...  more
  • Kofi Awoonor11

    Kofi Awoonor

    Dec. at 78 (1935-2013)

    BirthplaceGold Coast


    WorksThe African predicament, The house by the sea, Night of my blood, Ride me, memory

    Kofi Awoonor (born George Kofi Nyidevu Awoonor-Williams; 1935 – 21 September 2013) was a...  more
  • J. E. Casely Hayford12

    J. E. Casely Hayford

    Dec. at 64 (1866-1930)

    BirthplaceCape Coast, Ghana


    WorksWritings of Ekra-Agiman (J. E. Casely Hayford), Ethiopia unbound, West African leadership, The truth about the West African land question

    Joseph Ephraim Casely Hayford, MBE (29 September 1866 – 11 August 1930), also known as...  more
  • 13

    BirthplaceKumasi, Ghana


    WorksPeace-keeping techniques for Africa's conflict management

    Lieutenant General Emmanuel Alexander Erskine (born 19 January 1937) is a retired Ghanaian...  more
  • Aaron Mike Oquaye14



    WorksPolitics in Ghana, 1982-1992, Government and politics in contemporary Ghana (1992-1999), Politics in Ghana, 1972-1979

    Rt. Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye, (born April 4, 1944) is a Ghanaian politician and is the Speaker...  more
  • Peter Ala Adjetey15

    Peter Ala Adjetey

    Dec. at 77 (1931-2008)

    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana


    WorksReflections on the effectiveness of the Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana

    Peter Ala Adjetey (11 August 1931 – 15 July 2008) was the Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana...  more
  • 16

    Frances Bodomo

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceAccra, Ghana

    NationalityUnited States of America, Ghana

    WorksBoneshaker, Afronauts

    Frances Bodomo is a film director, actor and screenwriter....
  • 17

    BirthplaceSekondi-Takoradi, Ghana


    WorksTwo thousand seasons, The Healers, Osiris Rising, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Fragments

    Ayi Kwei Armah (born 28 October 1939) is a Ghanaian writer best known for his novels including...  more
  • Amma Darko18

    Amma Darko

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceTamale, Ghana


    WorksFaceless, The housemaid, Beyond the Horizon, Not without flowers

    Amma Darko (born 1956) is a Ghanaian novelist....  more
  • Tawia Modibo Ocran19

    Tawia Modibo Ocran

    Dec. at 66 (1942-2008)

    BirthplaceTarkwa, Ghana


    WorksLaw in aid of development

    Professor Justice Tawia Modibo Ocran (September 12, 1942 – October 27, 2008) was an academic...  more
  • 20

    BirthplaceKumasi, Ghana


    WorksThe 4th Republic of Ghana will last for a hundred years, From Berlin to Paris

    Charles Wereko-Brobby (born 27 March 1953, in Kumasi) is an engineer, politician, diplomat and...  more
  • 21

    Kodwo Eshun

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Ghana

    WorksMore brilliant than the sun, The Radiant

    Kodwo Eshun (born 1967) is a British-Ghanaian writer, theorist and filmmaker. He studied...  more
  • Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang22

    Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceCape Coast, Ghana


    WorksWhere there is no silence

    Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang (born 22 November 1951 in Cape Coast, Ghana) is a former Minister...  more
  • Mohammed Naseehu Ali23


    NationalityUnited States of America, Ghana

    WorksThe Prophet of Zongo Street

    Mohammed Naseehu Ali (born 1971) is a Ghanaian-born writer based in New York City....  more
  • Nii Parkes24

    Nii Parkes

    Age: 45


    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Ghana, England

    WorksNW15, eyes of a boy, lips of a man

    Nii Ayikwei Parkes (; born 1 April 1974), born in the United Kingdom to parents from Ghana,...  more
  • William Ofori Atta25

    William Ofori Atta

    Dec. at 78 (1910-1988)

    BirthplaceKibi, Ghana, Ghana


    WorksGhana, a nation in crisis, The vision of an independent state of Ghana

    Nana William Ofori Atta (10 October 1910 – 14 July 1988), popularly called "Paa Willie", was a...  more