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Kofi Anyidoho Poet, literary scholar and cultural activist, Kofi is currently Professor of Literature, Head of the Department of English, and Director of the African Humanities Institute Programme at the University of Ghana, Legon. He obtained his BA degree in English and Linguistics from University of Ghana, his M.A. in Folklore at Indiana University, and his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Since 1978 he has published four volumes of poetry, a play, Akpokplo, (published in Ewe, 1997), and has recently released two CD/cassette recordings of his poetry in Ewe (entitled GhanaNya and Agbenoxevi), presented together with songs sung by himself and his mother, Abla Adidi Anyidoho, who is a poet-cantor in the Ewe oral tradition. Kofi Anyidoho has won many prizes for his poetry, including the Valco Fund Literary Award, the Fania Kruger Fellowship for Poetry of Social Vision, the Langston Hughes Prize, the Davidson Nichol Prize, and the BBC "Arts and Africa" Poetry Award.
As a literary scholar, Prof. Anyidoho has published over 40 journal articles and book chapters worldwide, and has co-edited a number of major books on African literature, among them The Word Behind Bars & The Paradox of Exile (1997), Beyond Survival: African Literature and the Search for New Life (1999, jointly with A.V. Adams & Abena Busia), and FonTomFrom: Contemporary Ghanaian Literature, Theatre & Film (2000, jointly with James Gibbs). Anyidoho was President of the African Literature Association (1998-99) and also Chairperson of the Commonwealth Writers Prize panel of judges for the Africa Region (1999 & 2000).